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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center

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Address: 440 5th Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98101
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+1 206-709-3100
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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center is a free public...

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center is a free 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.

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Foundation in Focus

Probably the greatest benefit of this tour for me, was understanding what the foundation does, how it is implemented, and who actually benefits. What an organisation. It was a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Forster, NSW Australia
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Forster, NSW Australia
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Probably the greatest benefit of this tour for me, was understanding what the foundation does, how it is implemented, and who actually benefits. What an organisation. It was a busy day, with tours going every which way, but we had a wonderful guide, who answered every question, and is obviously overjoyed to be a part of it. Time well spent.

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Seattle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I've been to this center twice and while they have some interesting facts and exhibits, the place itself is a true disappointment. The second time I went (at the request of some guests) the two people manning the front desk were so rude and unfriendly we actually turned around and left without seeing the exhibits. Not quite the experience you... More 

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Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was informative to read all about the good things that the Gates Foundation is doing for our world. However, it wasn't a WOW experience.

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Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

With so much emphasis in our culture on getting rich it is wonderful to see a rich couple share their wealth.

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Thank ReeSue
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

The whole family enjoyed this visitor centre that showcases the philanthropic work and worldwide projects of the Gates Foundation. It is well laid-out, interesting, and interactive. Very inspiring and engaging. We are a family with a 5 year old and a 15 year old.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

What an inspiring experience! Creative, engaging displays that both educate and inspire you to want to work towards creating a better world. Definitely worth a visit.

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Seattle, Washington
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

For a free museum, small, interesting and worth it. I like the tactile interaction of exhibits. Their storybooks are the best!

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Calgary, Alberta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Very well organized and professional centre which gives you a great understanding of the work the Foundation does. Designed for families with a lot of interactive activities for children of all ages to learn about social issues. Also designed to help you figure out how to take action, use your talents and contribute to these issues. We spent about 40... More 

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Buderim, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

It's great to see people who have done well putting their money, effort and name to good causes. It is free to visit, the staff are welcoming and the projects and information are presented in different ways to keep it interesting.

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So. California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Low key tours and self tours with tons of information on local and international development. It is an amazing organization! Opens your eyes to all the needs that the Foundation is involved with.

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