The American Cave Museum is a self-guided museum with two floors of exhibits dealing with caves, groundwater and pollution. Guided cave tours descend 150' underground. Hear the history of Hidden River Cave, why it was closed for 50 years and i's phenomenal recovery. View the remains of a turn of the century hydroelectric system, walk above the Hidden River and witness awe-inspiring chambers. Cave tours last 45-60 minutes. Visitors descend and climb 230 stairs and navigate a short outside trail.
Featured on The Discovery Channel's "Dirty jobs" series, Hidden River Cave is an 8-mile labyrinth dissolved by a subterranean river flowing beneath the historic small town of Horse Cave. In 1867, famed naturalist John Muir called it "a noble gateway to the birthplace of springs and fountains and the dark treasures of the mineral kingdom." Adjacent is the American Cave Museum, honored by The Nature Conservancy Magazine as "a little bit of Smithsonian in rural Kentucky." The museum is the largest museum in the world dedicated to caves.
119 E. Main St.
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Frankfort, KY 40601
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