Jewel Cave Holding Ribbon Cutting to Celebrate New Exhibits

Jewel Cave National Monument.

Jewel Cave National Monument. Photo by Ryner12/flickr

With the successful completion of a project to update its visitor center exhibits, Jewel Cave National Monument is holding a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, September 26 at 1:00 pm.

Remodeled over the summer, the new exhibits include engaging interpretive displays, artistic wall murals, and life-size dioramas. Visitors can interact in multiple ways within the exhibitry, such as a crawling through a cave passage, using listening wands to hear caving stories, and exploring the cave map through a touchscreen monitor. The new displays and interpretive panels cover a wide-range of park stories, yet the thematic focus resounds of exploration and discovery.

To further highlight the exploration and discovery at the ribbon cutting, early Jewel Cave explorer Jan Conn will be one of the featured speakers, which also include Patty Trap, Deputy Regional Director of the National Park Service Midwest Region and Jim Hagen, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Tourism.

We are thrilled to host such a special event and showcase our new interpretive exhibits. And, to have such an outstanding slate of guest speakers sharing our success is humbling. Most important, we are excited to be able to provide so many great improvements to the visitor experience at Jewel Cave. Larry Johnson, Jewel Cave National Monument Superintendent

Funded entirely from revenue related to cave tour ticket fees, the project saw 232 square meters (2500 square feet) of exhibit space updated from older displays that had not changed since 1972.

For more information on the event, visit the Jewel Cave National Monument website or call the visitor center at 605-673-8300.

Jewel Cave Celebrates Success with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony [Jewel Cave National Monument]

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