Bat Cave

Royal Ontario Museum

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Location: At the Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario
Open: All year Mon-Thu 10-17:30, Fri 10-21:30, Sat, Sun 10-17:30.
Closed 25-DEC.
Fee: Adults CAD 22, Children (4-14) CAD 15, Children (0-3) free, Students (15-17) CAD 19, Seniors (65+) CAD 19.
Groups (10+): Adults CAD 17, Children (4-14) CAD 10.50, Students (15-17) CAD 13, Seniors (65+) CAD 13.
Classification: SubterraneaCave Replica Artificial bat cave in a museum.
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: St. Clair Cave: H=235 meters asl, D=30 m, L=3000 m.
Guided tours:
Address: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2C6, Tel: 416-586-8000.
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1965 the staff of the Royal Ontario Museum visited St. Clair Cave in Jamaica to collect bats.
1984 start of detailed fieldwork and development.
1988 Bat Cave opened.
27-FEB-2010 reopened after restauration.


The Bat Cave is an exhibit in the Royal Ontario Museum. It is a reconstruction of parts of St. Clair Cave in Jamaica. St. Clair Cave is a tunnel cave, formed by an underground river, which is famous for the enormous amount of bats living in the cave. However, becuase of the bad air caused by the bat guano this cave is visited only with oxygen tanks.

The walk-through diorama shows not only bats, but also other cave animals like tailless scorpions and cave crickets. A part of the exhibition shows the enemies of bats, wild cats, and snakes.

The cave model was renovated in winter 2009/2010 by four artists who worked on the cave for two months. The number of models has increased from 500 to 800, the cave was enlarged. It now shows models of six different bat species and nine different invertebrates, insects living on the ground on bat guano on bats, and one snake.