Scheduling a Guided Tour of the Visitor Center:
Thank you for your interest in bringing a group to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center. A two-week notice is recommended in scheduling a guided tour. Please complete the online form located on the Register Now page to schedule your visit. Once your form is submitted, we will confirm the date and time for your group visit within 1-2 business days.
What to Expect:
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center is a public space where you can see and learn about the foundation's work and its efforts to help people around the world live healthy and productive lives. When you visit, you will find four interactive galleries that tell compelling stories about the work of our grantees and partners. We offer an optimistic experience that encourages both reflection and civic engagement.
Guided tours are discussion-driven and incorporate the interactive exhibits. We recommend planning for a 60-90 minute visit. For school groups we strongly recommend a 90-minute tour. Your group is welcome to stay beyond your tour for a self-guided experience.
Making the World a Better Place: My Community
This tour focuses on everyday opportunities that can empower young people to contribute to their communities. Through stories, activities, videos, and group discussions about needs within their schools and neighborhoods, students learn that improving the world begins at home, in their local context. Students also work in small groups to identify and explore solutions for an issue important to them. Focusing on young people’s emerging sense of themselves and their communities, the tour encourages the development of agency, empathy, and positive-change making.
All Live Have Equal Value
This tour gives young people a window to the world and insight into the challenges faced by families in different global contexts. Through the stories of people who rely upon smallholder farms to feed and sustain their families and who are uniquely vulnerable to disease and malnutrition, students are given the building blocks for cross-cultural understanding. They also gain a sense of the benefit that simple solutions like vaccines offer to drastically improve living conditions worldwide, as they hear about the foundation, its founders and mission.
Goal: Help students imagine being part of a global community.
This tour encourages students to be active global citizens and positive change makers by thinking about how to make the world a better place. Learning about the foundation and its partners will also provide a glimpse of the kinds of work students might one day pursue to become a positive change maker.
Goal: Explore innovations and apply problem solving skills to global problems.
Goal: Inspire students to think of themselves as global citizens.
Paths of Progress: Bill Gates 2013 Annual Letter
Hours & Location:
Tour Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
(206) 709-3100 x7100