Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum

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Explore the rich past of the Ozarks at the Natural History Museum indoors while visiting the scenic beauty of the Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail, all at Top of the Rock!

Start your visit by hopping aboard an electric cart for an exhilarating two-and-a-half mile nature trail journey, which overlooks Table Rock Lake.  Beginning at the Welcome Center of TOP OF THE ROCK LOST CANYON CAVE AND NATURE TRAIL™, visitors are surrounded by the breathtaking natural beauty of the Ozarks.  TOP OF THE ROCK LOST CANYON CAVE AND NATURE TRAIL™ provides a one-of-a-kind nature park experience, where you will pass through covered Amish bridges, marvel at dramatic natural rock formations, waterfalls and caves. The first stop along the way is the jaw-dropping, four-story, TOP OF THE ROCK LOST CANYON CAVE™. Enjoy specialty drinks at TOP OF THE ROCK LOST CANYON CAVE™, like our signature John L’s Lemonade, at its cave bar tucked among the cascading waterfalls and enjoy the rest of your journey through the nature park and cave.

Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail excursions begin at 9 a.m. daily, with the last trip allowed to go no later than one hour before sunset. The Bat Bar is open from 11 a.m. to one hour before sunset, and no reservations for either are required.

Cost for the cart tour is $25 plus tax for adults and $12.50 plus tax for children ages 4-12.

Complete your day with a trip back in time back at the Top of the Rock clubhouse and complex with a visit to the spectacular Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum!

Created to celebrate the fascinating history and stunning natural beauty of the Ozarks, the Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum features artifacts, images and interactive exhibits that chronologically walk you through the development of the Ozarks.

As you explore the museum, you will learn about the people and animals that have inhabited the region for over 12,000 years. Bass Pro Shops and Top of the Rock founder Johnny Morris was so amazed by the exhibits at the Chicago Field Museum that he commissioned the same design team to help create the displays you’ll find here.

Featured attractions include carbon-dated skeletal remains of a woolly mammoth, a saber tooth cat, a giant ground sloth and prehistoric cave bears.

The Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Cost is $12 plus tax for adults and $5 plus tax for children 4-12.

Your best value – purchase the Top of the Rock Adventure Pass combining the Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail and the Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum for just $32 plus tax for adults and $15 plus tax for kids 4-12!

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Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum
150 Top of the Rock Road
Ridgedale, MO 65739
417-335-2777

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