Discovery Portal


About the Discovery Portal

Seattle Children's Research Institute’s Discovery Portal is a visitor center where our community can learn about the work underway to develop lifesaving cures, accelerate clinical advances and address health issues affecting children and families around the world.

The Discovery Portal is a self-guided experience. We recommend a minimum visitor age of 10 years, though all are welcome. All children should be supervised by an adult.

There are four exhibit areas in the Discovery Portal:

  • Amazing Results interactive exhibit: Explore our incremental research discoveries and breakthrough advances for our patients.
  • Revolutionary Science interactive exhibit: Learn about the innovative tools, unique methods and cutting-edge technology that support our research.
  • Remarkable People interactive exhibit: Meet our community of inspiring researchers, staff, patient families and donors who help make research possible.
  • The Future Starts Here responsive artifact exhibit: Discover our research history.

Planning Your Visit


  • Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.


  • Free




  • Paid parking is available in surrounding garages or on the street.


The Discovery Portal is accessible to visitors with disabilities.

  • For visitors with limited mobility, there is a loading zone directly in front of the Jack R. MacDonald Building at 1900 Ninth Avenue. Accessible King County Metro bus stops are located nearby; please visit Metro's Accessible Services page to learn more.
  • The Discovery Portal is wheelchair-accessible and service animals are permitted.
  • There are three interactive touchscreen interactive exhibits with text, photographs and videos featured in the Discovery Portal.
    • For visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing, open captioning is available on all videos featured in the interactive exhibits.
    • For visitors who are blind or partially sighted, a staff member can be available to read exhibit labels and assist in navigating the touchscreen tables. Please email or call 206-884-7834 at least a week in advance of your visit.

Please note

  • The Discovery Portal may occasionally be closed for private tours or events. We recommend you email or call 206-884-7834 at least one business day before your visit to confirm it will be open.

Visit length

  • We recommend allowing 30 to 60 minutes to experience the exhibits.

For Additional Information

Future Starts Here Artifact Wall

The Future Starts Here responsive artifact wall is located next to the Remarkable People interactive exhibit.

Innovative tools

Learn about the innovative tools and techniques while playing the Revolutionary Science sorting game


Visitors explore the Amazing Results interactive exhibit.