National park visitor centers are a wonderful place to learn more about the flora, fauna, geology, and history of the amazing landscape that you're currently exploring. Like Yellowstone National Park itself, Yellowstone's visitor centers vary by region. Many focus on a specific topic, like geology, history, or wildfire. These exhibits, artifacts, and films will enrich your park experience, providing context for what you'll see and experience as you explore Yellowstone's thermal features, landmarks, vistas, and buildings.
All of these visitor centers are worth checking out, but I particularly recommend that Albright Visitor Center, Canyon Visitor Education Center, and Old Faithful Visitor Education Center be included as part of your Yellowstone National Park visit.
Albright Visitor Center at Mammoth Hot Springs
The Albright Visitor Center, open year-round, is located in a lovely stone structure that once served as Fort Yellowstone quarters. Inside you'll find a range of exhibits covering the park's human history. Traditional Native American life among Yellowstone's unique landscape and early European exploration are the focus of several exhibits. The 1871 Hayden Survey expedition included the photographer William Henry Jackson and the artist Thomas Moran; many prints of these historic photos and watercolors are on display. Fort Yellowstone, the park's 1886-to-1918 management by the army, and the early National Park Service is also a feature topic. Several official park films can be seen at the Albright Visitor Center. Other visitor services available in the building include a Yellowstone Association gift store and a backcountry information office.
After visiting the Albright Visitor Center, be sure to spend some time on a walking tour of the lovely and fascinating Fort Yellowstone complex.
Canyon Visitor Education Center
Old Faithful Visitor Education Center
The new Old Faithful Visitor Education Center opened to the public in 2010. Not surprisingly, geysers, hot springs, and the other thermal features found within Yellowstone National Park are the focus of this visitor center. The fascinating and unexpected ecology of the hot springs is featured in one set of exhibits, the power and timing of geyser eruptions is addressed in another.
The Old Faithful Visitor Education Center also houses a Yellowstone Association store, a large theater, and the office of the district naturalist.