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Sternberg Museum of Natural History

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Address: 3000 Sternberg Drive, Hays, Hays, KS 67601
Phone Number: 785-628-4286, 877-332-1165
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Description: Part of the Fort Hays State University, the museum is dedicated to...
Part of the Fort Hays State University, the museum is dedicated to collecting and preserving plant and animal specimens pertaining to the Great Plains.
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Great museum in the middle of Kansas.

This museum has the most photographed fossil in the world (Fish in a Fish). The person this museum is named after has donated some of the most well known fossils in NY and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Kansas City, Kansas
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Kansas City, Kansas
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142 reviews 142 reviews
81 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

This museum has the most photographed fossil in the world (Fish in a Fish). The person this museum is named after has donated some of the most well known fossils in NY and Chicago natural history museums. Well worth the stop.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

Had a great time with my 8 year old. The snake exhibit was awesome according to him! Well thought out and just enough content for the two hours we were there!

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Wichita, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

My son is a high school senior and a science geek. I was concerned he would be bored with it, but he wasn't. Had some learning rooms that we thought 4-5th graders would LOVE.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 via mobile

I've driven by the sign for this place for years before I finally stopped this summer. It was a fascinating place! It had stuff for adults and kids. My son can't wait to go back. It's worth the stop and admission price!

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Quasqueton, Iowa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Really worth the time to see. Especially if you are into dinosaurs. Have toured this by my self and when my children were small. It is always a wonderful experience. I learn something every time I go.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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47 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Nice museum, and if you're in Hays - or in the area of Hays - then it's worth a stop if you're into museums. If you're not in the area, or if you're not a fan of museums, probably not worth the time, as it's not large, and there isn't much here that you probably haven't seen before. The staff... More 

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St Louis
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I finally decided to stop at this museum after driving past it so many times. Exhibits are housed in the dome (visible from the interstate), with two highlights, rattlesnakes and fossils. Many (more than a dozen?) live rattlesnakes are on display with information about each species. Most of these were happily dozing, but one was crawling up the side of... More 

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Kiowa, Kansas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We visited with our college age son who is as attending FHSU and 17 year old daughter. Let's face it, there really isn't a lot to do in Hays. Reviews were pretty good so we decided to check it out. It is reasonable priced and really has quite a few exhibits. It appears most of the items were found in... More 

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Oklahoma
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146 reviews 146 reviews
55 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

This museum was a high point of our journey to Colorado through Kansas. The exhibits include life-sized dioramas, interactive displays, and--although the strength of the collection is in fossil fish--robotic dinosaurs. I looked over at my wife next to a life-sized sea reptile replica and for a moment it appeared that she was having a conversation with the Loch Ness... More 

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Joplin, Missouri, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

I wasn't sure what to expect because the friends we went with had just said that my 2 year old would have a great time and that it was a dinosaur museum. It was so much more. From rugged outdoor, dino habitat simulators, to actual dinosaur fossils, from giant animatronic dinos to a sand pit for "excavating fossils", from a... More 

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