About the New Temporary Visitor Center
On December 14, 2018 the National Park Service will open a 5,760 square-foot Visitor Center within Valley Forge National Historical Park. The opening of this new, temporary facility will enable construction to begin on a $12 million dollar renovation to the current Visitor Center (built 1976). Visitor services, including The Encampment Store, the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board information desk, public tours and the park orientation film will continue uninterrupted in the new Visitor Center.
The new Visitor Center is located 800 feet from the current Visitor Center (1976) and includes adjacent parking and drop-off areas for personal vehicles and buses. The new Visitor Center will be open from 9AM – 5PM daily (6PM during the summer).
Services Offered at the Visitor Center
• Visitor information and orientation services provided by park rangers and volunteers
• Regional tourism information courtesy of the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board
• The Encampment Store, a retail shop including books, souvenirs and snacks
• Park maps, brochures, historical information, cell phone tour
• Tours and talks including ranger-led tours, trolley tours, guiding services, etc.
• The 18-minute orientation film, “Valley Forge: A Winter Encampment”
• Lost and Found
• Drop-off for Special Use Permit Applications
December 9, 2018 - Last day to view museum exhibits in the current Visitor Center. Last full day of operation for The Encampment Store before relocating to the new Visitor Center.
December 13 – Last day of operation of the current Visitor Center.
December 14 – The new Visitor Center, including The Encampment Store, VFTCB Information Desk opens for business.
Spring 2020 - Anticipated re-opening of the permanent, newly renovated Visitor Center.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the new Visitor Center accessible?
Yes. The new Visitor Center has an accessible ramps, doors, floor plan and restrooms.
Where are the restrooms located?
Restrooms are located immediately adjacent to the new Visitor Center in a dedicated building.
How do I get to the new Visitor Center – and where do I park?
The new Visitor Center is less than 800ft from the former Visitor Center. You can follow the standard directions to the park (1400 N Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia, PA) and park immediately adjacent to the new Visitor Center.
Can I take public transportation to the new Visitor Center?
Yes. SEPTA provides bus services that drop off less than 800ft away from the new Visitor Center.
How many people can watch the park film within the new Visitor Center?
42 people per half-hour. The film is shown twice an hour. It is also available online at go.nps.gov/vafofilm
Why is the park creating a new, temporary Visitor Center?
To enable construction to begin on renovating the current Visitor Center, built in 1976. Once the renovation project is complete in the late spring of 2020 the temporary Visitor Center will be removed.