MECCA OF PHILANTHROPY
The Voices Gallery at the Visitor Center features images that represent the multitude of people the Gates Foundation has worked with from all over the world.
For a truly inspiring experience, plan a trip with the entire family to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center. This impressive Seattle, Washington learning space was created to honor the people and work that makes up the world’s largest private foundation. The free Visitor Center is also a destination for those who are curious about how they themselves can make a difference.
Four galleries proudly showcase the mission of the Gates Foundation leadership and outline the vast span of philanthropic work at local, national and international levels. There’s an interactive timeline illustrating the history of the organization and a multitude of exhibits designed to educate, motivate and inspire visitors.
A central element of the overall design, wood offers a sense of warmth and materiality throughout the interior, but also pays tribute to the foundation’s Pacific Northwest roots.
In the Voices Gallery, visitors glance upward to a sea of faces looking back. These images represent the multitude of people the foundation has worked with from all over the world. It’s an impressive sight that demonstrates the sheer magnitude of the foundation’s efforts.
“We are all about catalytic philanthropy – giving back to human kind. We look into neglected issues and deliver impact wherever we can. ‘‘
The Family and Foundation Gallery outlines the history of the foundation and its giving priorities. The gallery features an interactive activity for visitors to share what they would do with their own foundation. The Partnerships Gallery showcases the many groups who work with the foundation globally and highlights the focus areas of the foundation – from polio eradication to maternal health. There’s also a 49-seat theater that allows visitors to relax and take in videos, listen to speakers and view demonstrations.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center
440 5th Avenue North
Seattle, Washington 98109
By: Kelly Taggart
Photos: Allen Carrasco & courtesy of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation