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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
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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A gem on the plains

There was something to interest my whole family. My younger kids enjoyed the diorama, the fossil dig and the discovery room. The older ones (including myself) enjoyed filling... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Topeka, Kansas
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Topeka, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

There was something to interest my whole family. My younger kids enjoyed the diorama, the fossil dig and the discovery room. The older ones (including myself) enjoyed filling out the "scavenger hunt" questionnaire that was available at the entrance. We all had a good time, while learning a great deal about prehistoric Kansas and its fossils. I'm so glad we... More 

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Pocatello, Idaho
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

This museum should be very proud of its excellent collection of vertebrate fossils. Both dinosaurs and mammals are displayed. Their signature piece is the 'fish within a fish' which is really remarkable. I was also very impressed with the plant fossils which look like they were made yesterday. There is a mineral collection but mostly the museum is a homage... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

When you come to Hays, KS, you are in the middle of nowhere -- literally: nowhere. Hays is halfway between Denver, CO, and Kansas City, KS. So, it is rare to find something this interesting. The Sternberg Museum is a tribute to natural history. For those who do not know, Kansas is part of the flint hills area, which was... More 

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Winfield, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

In the Cretaceous period most of Kansas was covered by the Western Interior Sea. Mosasaurs and other sea reptiles swam the waters with sharks, large turtles & fish while Pteranodons flew overhead. Western Kansas has given up some of the best preserved fossils of the inhabitants of this age. The Sternberg Museum is a wonderful place to view these fossils.... More 

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Hutchinson, Kansas
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Had a nice visit to the museum. There was a nice mix of fossils, dinosaur displays and live animals. Another section was dedicated to rocks and minerals. Amazing amount of fossils found in the area. Hays is fortunate to have this attracton along the Interstate. Well worth the stop.

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Yuma Az
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

You can see the museum from I-70 but how o you get there? Just kidding but it is kinda hidden from town and you'll have to navigate throough some residental areas to get here. The museum itself is nice but don't comnfuse it for a large national natural history museum like Washington DC etc. If you're driving through Kansas and... More 

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Kansas City, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

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

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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7 reviews 7 reviews
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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