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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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Sun 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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 place to take kids.

One of my favorite places to go when I was little. Now, it is somewhere I take my siblings. perfect for spending an ugly day inside! plan on spending hours here!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Hays, Kansas
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of my favorite places to go when I was little. Now, it is somewhere I take my siblings. perfect for spending an ugly day inside! plan on spending hours here!

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Hays, Kansas
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

We took a little weekend trip to Hays in our efforts to explore our home State of Kansas. The Sternberg was at the top of our list to see. We were not disappointed. Really great displays and the dinosaur room in the dome was a wonderful surprise. My niece asks frequently when we can return to the Sternberg Museum because... More 

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Hays, Kansas
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8 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

Not a big building but a lot of history. Used to be at the college and has been moved to a new location. Lots of fossils from the area plus artifacts from the old Fort Hays era. They also have some traveling exhibits from time to time. Very easy to find and lots of parking. Good place to take a... More 

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Thank Randy S
Saint Louis, Missouri
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015 via mobile

Great museum!! Layed out very well and very informative.. Big exhibit on live snakes.. Friendly and helpful staff. Great stop for a few hours.

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Thank Snowflake1112
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

It's fun to take the kids here, the T rex hiding behind a dark loop was fun! My kids got scared but wanted to keep walking by him :)

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Thank Paula W
Derby, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

This is a world class paleontology museum hidden on the Kansas plains. What a great surprise. The exhibits awesome and the layout was great. A big WOW!

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Douglass, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

This is always a great museum. However we drove 3.5 hours to see the animatronic T-Rex with my 7 year old and it was broken. They should put that on the website until its fixed we would have moved our trip until it was fixed.

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Hays, Kansas
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16 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

The museum was great. We were pleasantly surprised. Lots of good Dinosaur, prehistoric fish, and fossil displays. There was a discovery room for the kids that was hands on. This was a great area and distraction when our 2 yr old grandson had enough of the tour. The discovery room had lots of things to explore, touch, and play with... More 

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Thank AlwaysGone1
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

This museum is one of the finest we have visited, in fact my 8 year old grand daughter insists on going at least twice a year. Some of the exhibits are one of a kind world famous and the Dinosaurs exhibit is one of the best. There are always traveling exhibits. This is a must see.

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Had a great time, lots of people to answer questions for you and a great little section we're the kids can get some hands on knowledge.

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