Located only 200 yards from Old Faithful Geyser, the Visitor Center is situated between the Old Faithful Inn and the Old Faithful Lodge with a wonderful view of one of the most recognizable features of Yellowstone. A 100-seat auditorium provides the setting for daily showings of Yellowstone Revealed, a 14-minute film that reveals newly discovered life forms and the associated benefits to society through new breathtaking footage of the park. Evening ranger-led programs are presented here during the summer and the winter seasons. The Yellowstone Association sales outlet here provides the largest selection of their merchandise in the park.
Two adjacent buildings complete the visitor center complex. Both were built as satellite theaters, but are used today for a variety of purposes. One is a multi-purpose building that is utilized as a Warming Hut in the winter. The other is occasionally used for presentations.
The combination ranger station, backcountry office, and clinic are located across the west parking lot from the visitor center. This facility also houses the office of the District Naturalist and the district library.
The Yellowstone Park Foundation is spearheading a major private fundraising campaign to build a new visitor education center at Old Faithful, with exhibits and interactive media focusing on the wonders of Yellowstone’s 10,000 geothermal features.