Yellowstone Visitor Education Center
2006: Yellowstone, WY
Exhibits and Introductory Film
Designer: Gallagher & Associates
National Park Service, Harpers Ferry
Opened in 2006, the Canyon Visitor Center is the first new visitor facility in Yellowstone Park in 30 years.
Inside the visitor center is a 200 seat auditorium showing films about the park as well as being used as a venue for live lectures and presentations. The movies are shown using High Definition players and DLP (moving mirror) projectors for optimum quality and longevity. A caption display under the screen provides ADA access.
In addition to the theater, the visitor center includes numerous exhibits about the geology and ecosystems of the park.
A multi-screen video display shows how volcanoes have been depicted in popular culture. Each screen shows a different image in sync with a master sound track.
The centerpiece of the exhibits is a large, room-sized topographical map of Yellowstone Park. As a narration plays through overhead speakers tiny LED’s embedded in the model indicate the features of the park being described. The screens you see in the kiosks around the map are translation stations. While the audio narration is in English, a visitor can see a synchronized translation display in one of 6 languages. Each translation kiosk is individually controlled so one group can see a Spanish translation while another group sees a Dutch translation.