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 on Mondays.