Visitors come to Yosemite to see its world-famous scenic wonders, such as Half Dome and El Capitan, or to marvel at Yosemite Falls, the highest waterfall in North America. Once a visitor has a chance to take in the breathtaking scenery, the next question is, “How can I learn more, and what should I do next?”

A Portal to the Park

An inquisitive visitor can walk into the Valley Visitor Center Exhibit Hall, where interactive displays and detailed interpretive panels offer a comprehensive education in the geological, natural and cultural histories of Yosemite. The Conservancy funded a three-year redesign and renovation of the exhibit hall, which allows visitors to gain historic insight and enthusiasm for exploring the park. In addition to providing information about the natural forces that shaped Yosemite’s landscape, the renovated exhibit includes a section showing how Yosemite is linked to the world and how people play a critical role in its future. Interactive, hands-on exhibits entice kids to learn more about Yosemite and nature.

Major Visitor Attraction

Located in the heart of Yosemite Valley, the Visitor Center may be the first stop for people wanting to learn more about the park or how to plan their visit. The renovated exhibit hall draws people in, so  they not only learn about the natural and cultural features, but also how they are connected to Yosemite, no matter where they live.

Chris Stein

Former Branch Chief of Interpretation

Project Notes

The Valley Visitor Center exhibits serve as an educational portal to the rest of Yosemite National Park. While peering into a bear cave, crawling through a giant sequoia and pushing buttons to hear animal sounds and storms, kids of all ages learn about and experience Yosemite's vast wonders all in the heart of Yosemite Valley.