Mount St. Helens Visitor Center

Mount St. Helens Visitor Center

Mount St. Helens Visitor Center
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This WA State Parks operated facility gives an overview of Cascade Range volcanism revolving around the eruption of Mt. Saint Helens on May 18, 1980. A fee is required to view the displays and a 20 minute movie showing video of the eruption and it's devastating affects. FEES Ages 6 and younger: Free, Ages 7 to 17: $2.50, Ages 18 and older: $5 Family: $15 (two adults plus accompanying children) Tour groups: $200 per bus. Use of the boardwalk trail and other amenities are free to visitors with a paid ticket, all other vehicles require a one day Discover Pass $10 to park.
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  • Sandy M
    Pennsylvania253 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative
    This was a great place to visit. Beautiful view of Mt. Saint Helen, nice gift shop, small museum and informative movie about the 1980 eruption. Musuem and movie have a small entrance fee ($5 adult) but it's worth it. Plenty of parking just a short walk away.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 22, 2023
  • scrappysquirrel
    Mechanicsville, Virginia500 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice view
    We made a quick stop to see Mt. St. Helen’s. We chose not to go inside the visitors center. The visitors center was just a few miles off of I-5 and there were not many people around when we visited on a weekday afternoon in late June. There is a nice view of Mt. St. Helen’s, which satisfied our desire to see it, snap a few pictures and be on our way. Definitely worth the stop.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 20, 2023
  • Alow
    Seattle, Washington18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great trip
    Went even though the landslide closed Johnston Ridge. I'm glad I made the trip. Lots of things to do still in the free Forestry learning center. Actually probably the best family location. They have a playground, exhibits that work for all ages and a short film all of which seem to have something for everyone. Theres also a nice gift shop with surprisingly reasonable prices on coats if you forget one and lots of other stuff. You can also exit and take a mile or so nature walk with a clearly signed path and a short climb will take you to an observation area with several telescopes (also free). From there I checked out a scenic view since sometimes St Helens can be obscured by the clouds. I then went to the free Science and Learning center. Less to do but cool in its own way and not terribly far from the other center. What it does have is a very good view of Mt St Helens which is kind of the whole point. Both are definitely worth the trip so I hope people don't avoid the area due to Johnston RIdge closing for 2023.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 3, 2023
  • TravelDiva001
    Knoxville, Tennessee1,648 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely visit ~ recommend
    We enjoyed our Saturday afternoon visit. Not very busy. The center had informative and some interactive displays. The 17-minute video was well done and emotionally moving. Entrance fee for adults/seniors was only $5. We enjoyed walking the trail & boardwalk to view Mt. St. Helens. Gentle trail with no steep hills. Many photo opportunities.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
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KGC
White Salmon, WA81 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
The view from the Johnson Observatory was better than the museum. If we would've known that the museum wasn't showing the movie and that the museum was under construction, we most likely wouldn't have drove the miles and paid the $8 per person fee to get in... We learned more from the free museums that this one.!!
Written July 18, 2022
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Helen711
Atlanta, GA1,344 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
This place is a long way from anywhere. Huge parking lot. Enter the Visitor's Center and you walk right into the gift shop. $5 entrance fee for adults to view the drawings, photos, etc. and watch a short video. The inside and outside of this place could use some sprucing up. A few picnic tables would be nice and they could make a ton of money if they sold food. Mt. St. Helens is a long way from this place, but it can be seen from here.
Written August 4, 2023
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Becki C
Marshfield, WI244 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
It was quite the drive out there, but it was a site to see. Reading the history at the visitor center and seeing the before and after pics was something to see for sure. It was hard to believe all that has changed. Also stop at Coldwater Lake for a short hike with gorgeous views on a clear blue lake.
Written September 12, 2021
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tumbleweedchris
Richland, WA976 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
It is my understanding the Visitor Center was closed for renovations recently. This is kind of confusing because it appears the museum opened in the 90s and was never updated. There are certainly some informative exhibits, but everything has a really dated veneer to it. Most of the exhibits are information panels, which I don't love. There is a neat model of the volcano that you can walk in. That's probably the highlight. Families beware that it lacks any features that would make it interesting for kids. The nature walk is a nice lake boardwalk that is worth a look. Overall, this is museum that will educate you about the eruption events, but doesn't do it in the best way possible.
Written June 1, 2022
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TravelDiva001
Knoxville, TN1,648 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
We enjoyed our Saturday afternoon visit. Not very busy. The center had informative and some interactive displays. The 17-minute video was well done and emotionally moving. Entrance fee for adults/seniors was only $5. We enjoyed walking the trail & boardwalk to view Mt. St. Helens. Gentle trail with no steep hills. Many photo opportunities.
Written September 10, 2023
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Sandy M
Pennsylvania253 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
This was a great place to visit. Beautiful view of Mt. Saint Helen, nice gift shop, small museum and informative movie about the 1980 eruption. Musuem and movie have a small entrance fee ($5 adult) but it's worth it. Plenty of parking just a short walk away.
Written June 22, 2023
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RandyRoss
Ridgetown, Canada11,776 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
On the way from Portland to Seattle (on I-5) we saw a sign that said Mount St. Helens Visitor Center 5 miles. We didn't have time to drive the actual 50+ miles to Mount St. Helens but could spare the time to go to the Visitor's Center. So we did.
We are old enough to remember when the mountain exploded killing 67 people. The center did a good job of explaining what happened and it was interesting to relive those days.
Written August 27, 2022
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Chuck2010
Palmyra, PA2,636 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
CLOSED for construction as of July 30, 2021. Parking lot, rest rooms, and a outside portable gift shop open ... No entry into building for presentations ... RECOMMEND doing research to see if it has reopened
Written August 21, 2021
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Leah E
Snohomish, WA23 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Why are they now charging for our visitors center? We paid to build this, it’s our property. New sign says “admission charged - thank you for understanding”. I don’t understand, it was never this way before. They’re not cleaning the windows, you can see most of what they offer from the pay station. The only thing free here is the gift shop, because they want you buying things. Mt St Helens national park is falling apart. They’re not keeping bathrooms open, they’re not clearing mudslides so you can get to the mountain. It’s just ridiculous.
Written August 27, 2023
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Jenn Nolen
Saint Louis, MO380 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Great visitor's center! Very informative, but interesting, too. Several hands-on things for kids and teens. Our whole family enjoyed our stop and really learned a lot.

You'll find great exhibits, restrooms, and hiking trails, but the actual observation deck is a good drive away. Check in to make sure it's open and what the weather is like so that you don't make the drive for nothing

The visitor's center and observatory are pretty rural so plan on getting gas and food in Castle Rock proper.
Written June 17, 2022
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