Connecting the environment of the ancient past with the natural and cultural history of yesterday and today.


The Interpretive Center

Front of the Interpretive Center

Front of Interpretive Center

Parking is behind the building.

Highlights of the Falls of the Ohio State Park Interpretive Center!


Restrooms and water fountains are located to the right of the reception desk, just past the gift shop.

Visitors may borrow a wheelchair for use in the Center. We have an audio descriptive channel for visually impaired visitors to help interpret the new exhibits.

This museum features hands-on, immersive exhibits. Our original 14- minute movie about the long and exciting history at the Falls of the Ohio is shown in the auditorium.

Gift shop operates from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday - Saturday, 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM on Sunday.

We do not have vending machines or exterior rest rooms.

School group under the new lobby exhibit

School under the new lobby exhibits


Lobby exhibit focuses on the content of the Interpretive Center. It shows a taste of geologic history and ancient life, the natural environment, wildlife and the more recent history at the falls. The giant mural shows an aerial view of the falls area before Europeans entered the area.

New lobby exhibits October 2011

Our new lobby exhibits

Exhibit gallery


An Ancient Sea

(focusing on the Devonian fossils and their origins)

An Ancient Sea explores the Devonian Sea at the Falls


A Changing Land

(from the Ice Age to early Peoples)

A Changing Land - from the Ice Age to Early Peoples


Converging Cultures

(The arrival of Europeans and the Lewis and Clark Theater)

Interior of George rogers Clarks Cabin


The Falls Today

(a look at the ecosystem)

Part of the Falls Today exhibit featuring flora and fauna at the Falls


Wildlife Observation Room is in the hallway behind the lobby. Sit and listen to birds at our feeders. Typically, one may observe any of these visitors: sparrows, mourning doves, house finches, goldfinches, chickadees, tufted titmouse, cardinals, blue jays, downy woodpeckers, red-winged blackbirds and others.

The outdoor part of the Wildlife Observation Room was renovated in 2014.

Tufted Titmouse on Feeder                              Baby Groundhog by pond

Tufted titmouse on feeder        Baby groundhog by pond


The River Observation Room will become a place for exploration with activities, resources and books relating to the Falls of the Ohio.

The River Observation Room will be converted to an exploration room for kids of all ages


Classroom is available for educators, students and scientists / historians with advance arrangement. It is used as a classroom for educational groups throughout the year and may be rented for $50 per half day when not being used for educational programs.


Resource library / classroom is used for indoor fossil labs.   Students learn about ancient life and how to recognize fossils.


Diorama in the lobby of the Interpretive Center is dominated by a cast of a mammoth skeleton. 

Original Lobby Exhibit (No more...)

Mammoth's shadow on the lobby mural only occurs on January mornings.

Mammoth Shadow on the Lobby Mural

(Occurred on January mornings)

Updated March 14, 2016