Arrive Curious. Leave Inspired. Gates Foundation Discovery Center

Admission is free. Tuesday - Saturday 10am-5pm

Public tour: 2 pm

How can each of us make a difference?

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center takes visitors of all ages on an interactive journey that brings to life the connections we share with others across the globe.

Discover innovations and inventions that are helping to create a world where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy and productive life. Immerse yourself in debates about education, health and poverty. Take action on a cause that you care about. We also offer a rich array of programs and community events, educator resources and school tours.

Featured Event

Women Hold Up Half the Sky
June 8, 2017 – January 27, 2018


Join us for a special exhibition inspired by the critically-acclaimed book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.

Women Hold Up Half The Sky
features stories of women who have changed their lives through education, economic empowerment, courage, and hope. It challenges visitors to open their eyes, minds, hearts, and most of all, to take action to improve women and girls’ lives locally and globally.

Women Hold Up Half The Sky is organized by the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, California. Photograph by Les Stone.

Location and Hours

We are conveniently located across the street from Seattle Center—home of the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, EMP Museum, and Pacific Science Center.

Larger Map and Directions

Regular Hours:
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm
Closed Sunday and Monday

Holiday Closures and Summer Hours

Free admission
Onsite paid parking at Seattle Center Fifth Avenue Garage
Wheelchair accessible

440 Fifth Avenue North
Seattle, Washington 98109
(206) 709-3100 x7100