American Cave Museum & Hidden River Cave


An in-depth look at the fascinating world of caves awaits visitors to the American Cave Museum. Learn how nature sculpts subterranean netherworlds and discover how Native Americans used caves for shelter, food storage, and mineral extraction. Other exhibits include "The Story of Floyd Collins," the spelunker whose entrapment and subsequent death caused a media frenzy in 1925; a "Photo Gallery of American Caves"; "The Cave Wars," exploring Kentuckians' early 20th-century race to promote private caves as tourist destinations; and "Modern Cave Exploration," documenting technique and personal feats. A trip to the American Cave Museum isn't complete until you've taken a tour of Hidden River Cave, also known as the "greatest cave success story in America." Hidden River Cave was nearly lost to the world when its subterranean river and rare eyeless fish were greatly damaged by groundwater pollution. A decade-long conservation project resulted in the cave's restoration. A well-lit walkway overlooks the Hidden River, a roaring waterway that flows more than 150 feet below the streets of the town of Horse Cave.


119 E Main St
Horse Cave, KY 42749


37.17950900, -85.90671400
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(270) 786-1466

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