The Cave

A simulated Indiana limestone cave was a popular natural science attraction from 1976 to 1994.

Limestone caves dot the landscape of the southern half Indiana, and when The Children’s Museum opened its new building in 1976 it included a replica of one such cave. The 120-foot-long cave, which was adjacent to the museum’s natural science gallery on Level 1, contained a stream, a dome, a mud bank, and a variety of stalactites and stalagmites.

Throughout its 18-year history, the cave remained one of the museum’s most popular attractions, especially among school groups. It was demolished in 1994 during preliminary work on the new ScienceWorks gallery, which is where the natural science attractions were relocated.