Note: The Visitor Center is currently under renovation. Our other tours and displays are still open; please consider this as you plan your visit.
For the thousands of visitors the world headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church receives each year, the Visitor Center provides a vibrant view of the worldwide family of more than 20 million Adventists.
Located at the main entrance of the headquarters building, the center reflects a contemporary approach to exploring the church, with graphics, photographs, high-definition video and interactive computer kiosks, all designed to be continually updated to reflect one of the world's fastest growing denominations.
Inaugurated on October 12, 2003, the contemporary design comes from the creative mind of architect Ed Samuel, of Connecticut, a former professor of architecture at Yale University. An Adventist who also has numerous urban-renewal and community-oriented projects in his portfolio, Samuel brought to the Visitor Center project both a personal and a spiritual interest. His design incorporates symbols and meanings important to Adventists, including the concept of a global family united in Christ, looking for His promised second Advent.
The Visitor Center concept opens the story of the Adventist Church to people who may not have encountered Adventism before, providing a level of interest to people of all ages and backgrounds. The self-exploring design of the exhibits enable people to browse at their own pace or to return at another time to continue the adventure. The Visitor Center is open every business day whenever the main building is open.
The Center also functions as a reception area for distinguished guests of the World Church. The dramatic lighting, hardwood floors and colorful exhibits provide a dramatic backdrop for meeting leaders of government, religion and the community who are often invited to interact with the president and other leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist community.