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Sternberg Museum of Natural History

Address: 3000 Sternberg Drive, Hays, Hays, KS 67601
Phone Number: 785-628-4286, 877-332-1165
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Ranked #1 of 13 Attractions in Hays
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
Owner description: Part of the Fort Hays State University, the museum is dedicated to collecting and preserving plant...
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Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: 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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St Louis
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
94 helpful votes 94 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Canon City, CO.
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We went to Hays Kansas for a mini family reunion and had no idea this museum even existed until I was researching things to do while in Hays. The museum is an amazing gem both in its displays and overall value. There are many wonderful fossil exhibits, many having been discovered by the namesake of the museum. There are also... More 

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Hays, Kansas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is a good place to visit for people who are interested in what existed here a long long time ago. The visit starts with an elevator ride to the 3rd floor. You start by viewing replicas of land dinosaurs that were in Colorado. Then you start seeing sea animals that were in Kansas at the time. This is followed... More 

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Iligan, Philippines
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56 attraction reviews
222 helpful votes 222 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

The Sternberg Museum is interesting. There are good displays of fossils and recreations of what dinosaurs might have looked like. A nice display of living rattlesnakes. I did not know there are so many variations. Can easily do a self-guided tour since displays are fairly well marked. Probably the best known display is of the fish within a fish fossil.... More 

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Alma
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

My husband and I attended with 2 of our grandchildren, ages 8 and 3. Had a great time and the kids had lots of fun.

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Garden City, Kansas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Took my 8 yr old grandson to Sternberg for his & my first trip there. Really reasonable admission. We spent at least 2 hours there, something for every age group. Very well done displays & nice facility. Would highly recommend this museum.

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United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Fort Hays State University owns this museum, and they have done a fabulous job. Mixture of the prehistoric and the modern. Very impressed.

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