Floyd Collins Museum

The Wayfarer Bed & Breakfast

Useful Information

Location: Cave City, Old Mammoth Cave Road.
I-65, exit 53, west on Hwy 70 toward Mammoth Cave National Park for 8 km.
Open: closed.
Fee: closed.
Classification: SubterraneaCave and Karst Museum Historic museum
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours:  
Bibliography: Howard W Hartley (1925): Tragedy of Sand Cave, Louisville, KY.
online version
Address: Floyd Collins Museum, The Wayfarer Bed & Breakfast, 1240 Old Mammoth Cave Road, Cave City, KY 42127, Tel: +1-270-773-3366.
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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1925 Floyd Collins died in Sand Cave.
1933 built as the Mammoth Cave Souvenier Shop.
1989 Wayfarer purchased by Becky and Larry Bull.
2013 Wayfarer and museum closed.


The Wayfarer is a large house behind the marker for Sand Cave on the road to Mammoth Cave. Sand Cave is the place where Floyd Collins died, probably Americas most popular failure ever. When the current owners bought it, they opened a gift shop and bed and breakfast. But as they were asked so many times about Floyd, they started to research and soon displayed their collectibles about him in their bed and breakfast. After some time the exhibition became a small museum and is now called Floyd Collins Museum.

Obviously, the museum chronicles the rescue attempt. A series of cave-like alcoves, show the different aspects of the story in more or less chronologic order. The last chamber contains a chained coffin. There are pictures, memorabilia, replicas and kitsch, with the contemporary Floyd Collins ballad playing in the background.

Update: the Wayfarer was closed in 2013. We do not know details but we guess retirement of the owners and lack of a successor. As a result the museum is also closed to the public.