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.

The plaza outside The Cave also welcomes back a familiar cast of faces. Umi, a 2,000-year-old mummy of an Egyptian child, returns. The mummy recently underwent CT and x-ray scans at Northern Kentucky University, providing a look inside the mummy’s ornate sarcophagus. 3D-printed reproductions of amulets wrapped with the mummy will also be on display. Also nearby is Ipuh, the preserved remains of a Sumatran rhinoceros. Ipuh was part of a captive breeding program at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden seeking to help save the critically endangered species. Ipuh’s display also features the results of CMC’s and Marshall University’s efforts to map the Sumatran rhinoceros genome, using DNA to better understand the species’ decline.

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.