About This Event

The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC) marks the 40th anniversary of the May 18, 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption. The exhibition includes material artifacts, film, photography, recordings, first-hand accounts and virtual experiences to examine how the 1980 eruption has advanced our understanding and perceptions of volcanoes more than any other eruption in history.

Visitors will encounter a variety of analog and digital technologies that tell the story of the Cascade Range’s most active volcano. From time-tested oral traditions, to digitally crowd-sourced accounts of the 1980 blast, Critical Memory explores how knowledge is passed down through generations. Scientific data, communications and tribal culture merge to present a useable history, because the question isn’t if Mount St. Helens will erupt again, it’s when.

Museum closed Mondays. Prices subject to change after Feb 8 opening of Pompeii: The Immortal City

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