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 +1 202-522-5000.

    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.

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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 Visitor Center is Uprooted: The Resilience of Refugees and Internally Displaced People and Host Communities. This exhibition raises awareness of the plight of refugees, displaced people and host communities while highlighting the work being done under one of four WBG priorities for FY18-19: Resilience Against Instability (FCV).

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     Tammam Azzam, Syrian Spring, 2012. Image courtesy of the artist.

    Contemporary visual and performing artists originally from those countries impacted by the growing refugee and displacement crisis will be showcased.  Among the more known artists who accepted to participate in this event, and whose work can be seen in the Visitor Center, are: Barthelemy Toguo (Cameroon, painter); Mohamad Hafez (Syria, sculptor); Tammam Azzam (Syria, multimedia). Additional artists of note producing works for the World Bank Group MC Building include: Kevork Mourad (Syria, painter); Maryna Jaber Al-Shawaili (Iraq, muralist); and Hanifa Alizada (Afghanistan, photographer). During the Spring Meetings (April 20-22, 2018) at the World Bank, many of the artists will be on the Bank premises creating additional works of art live, and will be interacting with Bank staff, and delegates to share their work and personal stories.

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    On the occasion of the Spring Meetings, the World Bank Group (WBG) presents a multi-dimensional art exhibition curated by the World Bank Art Program titled, Uprooted: The Resilience of Refugees and Internally Displaced People and Host Communities. This exhibition raises awareness of the plight of refugees, displaced people and host communities while highlighting the work being done under one of four WBG priorities for FY18-19: Resilience Against Instability (FCV). The exhibition features multimedia pieces, sculptures, live painting by international visual artists, musical performances, and large-scale murals from those countries impacted.

    On the occasion of this exhibition, there are three opportunities for specialized viewing of the exhibition.

    OPENING EVENT: The World Bank Group invites you to join us for an evening of celebration and art with the multi-dimensional exhibition on April 23rd from 5-8pm. RSVP required for this event. Please send your first and last name, and affiliation to artprogram@worldbank.org and you will receive a confirmation with more instructions on how to enter for the event.

    TOURS: Preview tours of the exhibition will be offered on April 18, 19 and 20 at 10am and noon.  To reserve a spot for a preview tour, please email artprogram@worldbank.org

    ARTISTS IN ACTION: Live action painting by Burundian artist Delphin Starr Niyonkuru  can be seen on the following dates and times:

    • Wednesday April 18, 2018 at 10am; 4pm
    • Thursday April 19, 2018 at 3pm
    • Friday April 20, 2018 at 10.30am

     

    Collaboration in Practice

    March 19, 2018

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    The Visitor Center aims to be the primary learning environment for the World Bank Group, providing guests the opportunity to connect with the Bank’s work in sustainable development. 

    The Visitor Center’s main goals are to promote knowledge sharing, build collaborative partnerships with stakeholders, the public, educators, and experts in international development and finance, while supporting innovation and inclusion. The Visitor Center has a diverse and highly motivated team of staff and volunteers from around the world. Many of the volunteers are students earning degrees in relevant fields as well as World Bank Group retirees who offer their expertise and insight gained through years of service in international development and finance. There is unique value in intergenerational exchange and collaboration.

    The Visitor Center regularly hosts planned student groups from high schools and universities around the world.  By taking part in face to face sessions with professionals and experts in their fields of interest, these young students not only learn about who we are and what we do at the World Bank Group, they make personal connections and gain better understanding of the subject matter. Knowledge sharing between old and young, experienced and novice has the potential to motivate the next generation of passionate professionals who will end extreme poverty in their lifetime.

    If you or your organization are interested in arranging a tour or group visit please contact the Visitor Center team by email at wbgvisitorcenter@worldbank.org or by phone at (202)522-5000.

    Thomas Jefferson Middle School- IB Program, Arlington, VA.

    February 15, 2018

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    The World Bank Group Visitor Center welcomed an energetic group of 100 young students from Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Virginia. This group of students were members of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP) which focuses on understanding connections across subjects and to the world. The IBMYP molds critically thinking and internationally minded students with a curriculum that explores real-world issues. The exhibitions and interactive content inside the World Bank Group Visitor Center complemented their course work and provided an opportunity to explore case studies of successes in international development.

    The students were given a map and outline of the displays and kiosks inside of the visitor center and a short quiz for each stop on the tour. The quiz exercise ensured that the group had a clear objective and paid close attention to the information they encountered. This exercise was challenging, however the students accepted the challenge head-on, having fun while learning about international development and World Bank Group projects!

    Mike Goldberg, the Lead Operations Officer for the Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice in the World Bank, gave an informative presentation for the students and answered questions about the work and mission of the World Bank Group. The Visitor Center, as the public face of the World Bank Group, provides a collaborative, knowledge sharing space for experts, stakeholders, and beneficiaries with a priority on inclusion and innovation. Mike’s collaboration with the Visitor Center on tours and events like these help us to promote the Bank’s mission, as he brings his expertise and enthusiasm to engage with visitors.

    Horizon Program Student Delegation Visit

    Feb. 6, 2018

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    On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, the World Bank Group Visitor Center welcomed a delegation of 32 students from the Horizon Program, a Chinese association of undergraduate and graduate level students, many from Tsinghua University visiting Washington, DC. The Horizon Program delegation was hosted by the World Bank Chinese Staff Association and board member Faye Hu led an introduction in Mandarin inside of the Visitor Center to begin the students’ tour. Two of our Mandarin speaking volunteers, Shoulei and Mason – who are both international students at George Washington University, guided the students on a tour of the Visitor Center.

    This is the 3rd delegation of Chinese university students that the Visitor Center has received since opening in November 2017. Engagement with visiting student groups from around the world is supported by our diverse staff, volunteers and, expert guest speakers within the Bank. The Visitor Center external website is available in six languages, including English, Mandarin, French, Spanish, Arabic, and Russian, in addition to the printed materials available for visitors during their visit.

    Handong University Students Tour

    Jan. 16, 2018

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    On Tuesday, January 16, 2018, the World Bank Group Visitor Center welcomed a group of 15 economics and management students from Handong University in Korea. Mike Goldberg, Lead Operations Officer for the Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice, led the tour and provided an informative presentation. He engaged the students through a quiz  that increased their knowledge of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals as well as the Bank's history. Students had the opportunity to learn more about the work, impact, and goals of the World Bank Group through the various exhibits such as the Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality Table and the Timeline. Mike sees the WBG Visitor Center as a way to share his passion about economic and social development with the next generation of thinkers and practitioners.

    The WBG Visitor Center continues its outreach efforts since opening in late 2017. Group tours with university and high school students are a chance to expand a young person’s world view while sharing stories of the World Bank’s impact globally. If you would like to get involved, collaborate, and/or share your knowledge in a presentation for student tours please email wbgvisitorcenter@worldbank.org or call Nadia Merdassi at 202-522-5000.

     

  • 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: +1 202-522-5000

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World Bank Group Visiter Center (DC)