at the Discovery Center

We aim to create the best visitor experience for all our guests. We are recommending that everyone continues mask use while in our space, however, we are pleased to share that staff can wear clear face masks upon request.

Below is a list of the accommodations available. Contact us at [email protected] if you have specific needs or questions.


Ramp access throughout the Discovery Center

  • Push button door access on restrooms and main entrance
  • Two wheelchairs available
  • Portable stools available throughout our galleries
  • Interactive, hands-on exhibits
  • Interpretive staff available to share, demonstrate, describe, and answer questions
  • Large print, high contrast handouts of exhibit text (coming soon)

  • Primary exhibit text available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish
  • Spanish-speaking interpretive staff (subject to availability)

  • Hearing assistance devices available for our theater videos
  • ASL interpreters upon request for group tours, lectures, and public programs
  • Permanent exhibit closed captioned videos

  • Single-stall, all-gender restroom available
Events and Public Programs:
  • Please request accommodations when you register on our website. We appreciate a two-week advance notice and will work with you to fulfill your request.
Special exhibits
  • We advocate wherever possible for our rotating special exhibits from other organizations and museums to offer similar accommodations. Please check with us to learn more.


Note: Please be aware we are not always able to offer the same-day requests for accessibility accommodations at events and public programs, please request services in advance. Our rotating Special Exhibits often come from different organizations or museums and may or may not offer the same accommodations.

Have ideas about improvements to our accessibility accommodations? Contact us at [email protected]


Gates Foundation Discovery Center
440 Fifth Avenue North
Seattle, Washington 98109


[email protected]


  • Open: Thurs. – Sat.
    10 am to 5 pm
  • Open:First Thurs. until 7 pm
  • Closed: Sun. – Wed.
    & most major US holidays
  • New Year’s DayClosed
  • Independence DayClosed
  • Memorial DayClosed
  • Labor DayClosed
  • Thanksgiving DayClosed
  • Christmas EveClosed
  • Christmas DayClosed
  • New Year's EveClosed

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