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Experience Caterpillar at your own pace. On this self-guided journey you'll find interactive displays and exhibits sure to engage and entertain visitors of all ages.

The Caterpillar Visitors Center opened in October 2012 and has welcomed visitors from every state in the Union as well as visitors from around the globe. Our nearly 50,000-square-foot facility is home to eight exhibit galleries and four theaters featuring more than 50 videos and 800 photographs that tell the story of Caterpillar's 90-year legacy.

Caterpillar Visitors Center tickets make great gifts and are available for purchase at the ticket counter.

797 theater entrance
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797 Entrance

Front of 797 theater from exhibit floor
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797 Front

Inside of 797 Theatre
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797 Theatre

Caterpillar Visitors Center at night
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Caterpillar Visitors Center

Woman operating simulator
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Simulator

Outside front of Caterpillar Visitors Center
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Caterpillar Visitors Center

D8 Interactive history exhibit
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D8 Interactive

Earth Mechanics artifacts wall
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Earth Mechanics

Electro-Motive pulling tractor
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Electro-Motive

Model Twenty displayed at Heritage Gallery
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Model Twenty - Heritage Gallery

Power Systems Diorama Wall
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Power Systems Diorama Wall

Machines on Product Floor
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Product Floor

Machines on Product Floor
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Product Floor

797 theater entrance
Front of 797 theater from exhibit floor
Inside of 797 Theatre
Caterpillar Visitors Center at night
Woman operating simulator
Outside front of Caterpillar Visitors Center
D8 Interactive history exhibit
Earth Mechanics artifacts wall
Electro-Motive pulling tractor
Model Twenty displayed at Heritage Gallery
Power Systems Diorama Wall
Machines on Product Floor
Machines on Product Floor

Sustainability

The Caterpillar Visitors Center achieved LEED Gold status for its many sustainable features that reduce the building’s environmental impact.

SOLAR PANELS

Solar panels on an adjacent parking deck provide about 100,000 kilowatt-hours of electric energy per year, about 10 percent of the Visitors Center's projected annual energy usage. On sunny days, however, the solar panels may fulfill up to 75 percent of the Visitors Center power needs at any given time. The solar panels electric energy production reduces greenhouse gas emissions by about 80 metric tons per year.

ENERGY-SAVING FEATURES

Through a variety of energy-saving techniques such as external sunshades, automatic daylight controls, enthalpy wheels and heat recovery chillers, the Caterpillar Visitors Center uses almost 35 percent less energy than a typical building of its size.

WATER MANAGEMENT

The Caterpillar Visitors Center includes onsite rainwater retention, high efficiency irrigation and drought tolerant native plantings. In combination, these features reduce potable water usage by 85 percent.

 

MEDIA INFORMATION

For members of the media and those who would like to promote the Caterpillar Visitors Center, we offer the following resources and contact information.

For Caterpillar Visitors Center press inquiries, please contact CaterpillarVisitorsCenter@cat.com.  

 

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