Visitor Experience

Old Faithful Visitor Education Center

Visitor CenterThere are more geysers and hot springs in Yellowstone than in the rest of the world combined, yet most visitors traditionally left the Park without understandingthe rare geysers they saw or the volcanic activity happening beneath their feet. Now that has changed.

A new visitor education center near Old Faithful Geyser is enhancing visitors’appreciation for Yellowstone.The state-of-the-art Old Faithful Visitor Education Center opened on August 25, 2010. It serves nearly 3 million visitors per year, and models sustainable building practices.

Hundreds of individuals, foundations, and corporations contributed to the Yellowstone Park Foundation’s successful $15 million capital campaign to build the center. These generous donations were matched by $12 million in federal funding for the project.

Check out photographs of the construction process, along with interesting facts about the "green" elements of the building.

View a photo album of the completed Old Faithful Visitor Education Center on our Facebook page.

To learn more about Yellowstone's geothermal wonders, explore the educational exhibits and view interactive media, visit the Old Faithful Virtual Visitor Center.