Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park

New space to hold Mammoth Cave artifacts

February 2, 2012, 2:22 pm

It’s been decades since Mammoth Cave National Park has had an exhibit area for the thousands of artifacts the park has curated.

But visitors soon will be able to see some of those items. The second phase of work on the park’s visitors center, which will have a 4,400-square-foot exhibit space, is more than 75 percent complete, according to Superintendent Pat Reed.

Reed, Public Information Officer Vickie Carson and Facilities Manager Steve Kovar gathered last week in the lobby of the first phase of the new visitors center. That portion of the center was finished in September at a cost of a little more than $7 million.

They pointed to a wall display depicting what the new section will contain. Behind the wall, several dozen people worked to complete the space. Once that happens, the exhibits can be brought in, Kovar said.

The space itself should take a couple of months to complete, then the exhibits will be installed a few months after that.