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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center

Closed Now: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Open today: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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We stopped in not knowing what to expect

We were walking by on the way to Seattle Center and went in here out of curiosity. We were all very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Langley City, Canada
Small but really inspiring

As a post-grad who works in global health, this was a great visit. It's always good to get a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Eggertsville, New York
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At the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center you can explore interactive exhibits and powerful stories highlighting how the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its partners are working to improve the quality of life for billions of people...more
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440 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109-4631
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were walking by on the way to Seattle Center and went in here out of curiosity. We were all very glad we did. What an amazing eye opener. We know we're pretty lucky to live in Cascadia but found it amazing at how sometimes...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JimboCanucks
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a post-grad who works in global health, this was a great visit. It's always good to get a reminder about why we are doing what we are doing and how much more we can still do. Motivating and inspiring.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Shaheen_17
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just across from the Space Needle, at the Gates Foundation this exhibition room is a great place to spend an hour. There are a number of videos you can watch, but the real attraction is the exhibits which tell you about ingenious, imaginative, and effective...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ASASG_7
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really impressive interactive exhibition of the charitable works carried out by the Gates foundation. It encourages visitors to think about how they can have a positive impact as well as illustrating progress made challenging poverty and disease.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank warwickconway
Reviewed 10 February 2019

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center is a hidden gem in this otherwise touristy part of Seattle. If you're visiting the Space Needle, or Pacific Science Center, or Amazon HQ, please add this tour to your list! And by tour, I mean the guided...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank progordon
Reviewed 2 February 2019

We spent over two hours visiting the Discovery Center. There is an excellent mxi of "hands on" activities, videos, models and examples of innovative products. There is something for young children to adults. The work they are supporting is amazing.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MdTravelerX2
Reviewed 16 January 2019

My visiting grandchildren wanted to go inside this 'attraction' and it was time well spent. I would expect nothing less from 'our' Bill Gates. I was happy there was no charge, what a nice end to an expensive day! So impressed by everything we learned...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Mary M
Reviewed 28 December 2018

Within proximity of the Seattle Center -- get the kids tired out, then skip over. Bus and monorail convenient. Finely engineered presentation of hugely successful endeavors of philanthropy -- eradication of threatening aspects life - illness, water, shelter, food. Real real success stories. It brought...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank potatoesandgravey
Reviewed 27 November 2018

The Discovery Center is a wonderful spot to bring a family with older children. So many interactive activities to find out about the world's issues. I loved the special exhibit on inventions to help people in hard to reach and desperate situations. Of course it...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ellesbells742
Reviewed 1 November 2018

The visit was very interesting. The visit is for free and the staff is very courteous. I done also the guided tour which was very interesting. At the end I spent around 2.5 Hours in the foundation.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Mathis O
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1 March 2018|
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Response from Cshastry2 | Reviewed this property |
Since this place is surrounded by lot of other tourists spots there's no dearth of food / beverages... Happy tour!
1 March 2018|
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Response from Maria S | Reviewed this property |
Not inside the Discovery Centre but there is a small coffee shop one minute away.
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Response from mercedese379 | Reviewed this property |
We took the bus because we did not want to deal with parking that foundation does not have it Sorry Yo will enjoy it