Explore your favorite limestone cave
After nearly 40 years on Gilbert Avenue and another 25 at Union Terminal, CMC’s reproduction of a limestone cave is back. The Cave is modeled from caves found in the tri-state region, covering two levels and 500 feet of darkened nooks and crannies, twist and turns. The immersive experience includes cascading waterfalls and cave formations such as stalagmites and stalactites. The lower trail sends you shimmying through tight corridors, while the wheelchair-accessible trail offers spectacular overlooks and opportunities for discovery. Just outside The Cave entrance, CMC’s big brown bat colony will take flight in scheduled programs where guests will come face-to-face with the misunderstood animals as they learn how vital they are to our ecosystem.
Programs in The Cave
Free for Members or with Museum admission.
Animals Up Close
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays at 12:30 p.m.
Meet one of the live animals that calls Cincinnati Museum Center home, and discover what makes it unique!
Bats Up Close
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays at 11 a.m.
Saturdays, Sundays at 1 p.m.
Get up close and personal to our big brown bats as Cincinnati Museum Center’s animal specialists provide insights their behavior, physiology, and roles as predators of pest insects.
The Cave Exploration Unit
Get the most out of your visit with this downloadable scavenger hunt (mobile-friendly version).
Can’t make it to the museum?
Explore from home with this free downloadable activity guide and coloring sheet.
Includes Cincinnati History Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science and The Children's Museum
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