World Bank Group Visitor Center

Our Dream is a World Free of Poverty

Welcome

The Visitor Center showcases the World Bank Group's efforts to end poverty and boost shared prosperity for the world’s poorest people. Open to the public, the Visitor Center invites you to explore the history of the World Bank Group and learn about the work it does throughout the world.

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  • Hours

    Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Closed weekends and U.S. Federal holidays.

    Directions

    The World Bank Group Visitors Center is located at 1776 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.

    The nearest metro station is Farragut West. For more information on public transportation, please visit WMATA – Metro/Bus/Train and Service Near Me

    Parking

    Limited street parking is available in the area as well as several private fee-based garages. Visitors are encouraged to take public transportation.

    Group Tours

    Walk-in visitors are welcome, however, reservations are strongly recommended for groups of 10 or more. To make reservations for a group tour please contact wbgvisitorcenter@worldbank.org or call +202-522-5000.

    Security

    The safety of the World Bank Group visitors, volunteers, and staff is of the highest importance.

    To ensure your safety and security, the World Bank Group Visitors Center security personnel will greet you upon your entry into the Visitors Center and will conduct a thorough, yet speedy, screening of all personal items. 

    To speed your entry into the Visitors Center, please consider leaving any items that need to be screened by security at home or at your hotel. This includes items prohibited by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for travel on airlines.  Large luggage is prohibited.

  • Virtual Tour

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    Historical Events Timeline

    Highlighting milestones in the history of the World Bank Group.

    Interactive Map

    Hands-on augmented reality (AR) experience that allows visitors to virtually explore World Bank Group projects across six regions.

    Virtual Reality Experience

    An interactive experience that transports visitors into World Bank projects through state-of-the-art technology.

    Priority Kiosks

    A series of case studies exploring World Bank Group priorities and related projects in different regions of the world. 

    Art Gallery 

    As part of its mission, the World Bank Group welcomes all voices in fighting extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity worldwide.  Art plays a relevant role in this dialogue, telling stories of personal and communal struggles, hopes, and objectives. Founded in 1997, the World Bank Art Program works at the intersection of global development, social justice, and contemporary art maintaining a robust schedule of monthly exhibitions, both international and domestic. These exhibitions highlight development issues such as child labor and human trafficking, celebrate countries economic achievements, and tackle sensitive global emergencies such as climate change and gender-based violence featuring work from the World Bank’s permanent collection, as well as works on loan from artists, private collectors, or other arts institutions.

    Additionally, the Art Program manages, and protects, the permanent art collection of the World Bank Group, which encompasses over 5,900 international works of art from approximately 150 different countries. 

    The exhibition curated by the World Bank Art Program currently on view in the Visitors Center, Voices for Change, presents just a small sample of this powerful collection, showcasing works that illustrate the World Bank Group’s message, and engagement in its mission. 

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    Cecilia Paredes, Both Worlds, 2009. Chromogenic print. Image courtesy of the World Bank Art Program.

  • Q: Is the World Bank Group Visitor Center appropriate for children?

    A: Children are welcome to tour the World Bank Group Visitor Center; however, the exhibits are geared more toward students ages 12-years and older.

    Q: Can I see the World Bank Group offices when joining a tour?

    A: Offices are private and are not accessible during the tour. 

    Q: Is there a security screening?

    A: Yes, please arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour time in order to pass through security, walk to the exhibition, and check in for your tour. The Visitor Center shop is accessible without having to go through security.

    Q: Is photography permitted?

    A: Still photography is permitted, no video recording.

    Q: What is the refund policy for the World Bank Group store?

    A: All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.

    Q: Where is the drop off location for buses?

    A: We encourage our visitors to arrive by public transportation, as there is no on-site parking and drop-off options are very limited. The nearest metro station is Farragut West. For more information on public transportation, please visit WMATA – Metro/Bus/Train and Service Near Me

    If you arrive by bus, ask your bus driver to drop you and your students on I Street and take the short walk to the Visitor Center. 

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    World Bank Group Visitor Center Store

    Selected World Bank Group publications, branded souvenirs, and gifts are available for purchase in the World Bank Group Store located inside the Visitor Center.

     

    World Bank Group best sellers:

    World Development Report 2018: Learning to Realize Education's Promise

    Doing Business 2018: Reforming to Create Jobs

    Global Economic Prospects, June 2017: A Fragile Recovery

    South Asia's Turn: Policies to Boost Competitiveness and Create the Next Export Powerhouse

     

HOURS AND LOCATION

Free admission

1776 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C.

Monday - Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Closed weekends and U.S. Federal holidays

Nearest Metro: Farragut West

Telephone: 202-522-5000