"Our world’s caves are places of wonder, mystery and majestic beauty. Show caves around the world are embracing their role in protecting and preserving caves and providing a place for people to learn about these special, natural, cultural and historical resources.

Show caves also play another important nature tourism role of sustainable economic development, providing jobs, and helping the economy of their regions.”


The International Show Caves Association (I.S.C.A.) was founded in November 1990 and set up its central office in Genga, Italy. After the first Consitutent Assembly held in Frasassi (Genga Ancona, Italy) in November 1989, important events have contributed to the development and consolidation of the association.

Definition of a show cave

A show cave is defined as a natural occurring void beneath the surface of the earth that has been made accessible to the public for tours.


News from Isturitz - France

16. May 2017 Darricau Joëlle

In support of preparation for the International Day of Subterranean World we would like to share with you our new web

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New article on cave lighting

30. January 2017 Chrapko Alexander

A new article on the current state of technology in show cave lighting is presented. Just 2 clicks and 4 MB away.

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ISCA newsletter 44 with Oman Conference

19. December 2016 Gazik Peter

Dear members, you can read the current news from ISCA in the latest newsletter. Thanks to all participants who "dared" to travel thus enabling the conference in Oman to happen.

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ISCA newsletter 43 with Oman Conference - last call

13. October 2016 Gazik Peter

Dear members and interested - this is the last call for your consideration to attend the exceptional ISCA conference in Oman. Try to think whether you would go by yourselves and compare it with the programme prepared by the hosts.

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ISCA newsletter 42 with Oman Conference

27. September 2016 Wuest Brad

Dear members, we have issued the latest Newsletter No. 42 concerning mainly the ISCA Conference. More information after click on the headline.

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European Ice Age Art

06. September 2016 Darricau Joëlle

Dear visitors, let us have a look back to our human history conserved also in caves...

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ISCA newsletter 40 with Oman Conference registration

15. June 2016 Wuest Brad

See the latest news with Oman Conference registration.

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An old - new Member Cave

13. June 2016 Gazik Peter

In busy days of our everyday tasks, we sometimes forget to do something important. A similar case was not including the information on Padirac Cave - Le Gouffre de Padirac as ISCA member on our website. So please follow the link to get familiar with this beautiful cave.

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