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Sternberg Museum of Natural History

3000 Sternberg Drive, Hays, Hays, KS 67601
785-628-4286, 877-332-1165
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Ranked #1 of 10 attractions in Hays
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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Salt Lake City
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Our Grandson loved this Museum. He is 6 years old and loves Dinosaurs. The T-Rex was quite impressive and our grandson liked the sounds and movement. The large fish that swam in the Kansas Oceans were amazing. The dinosaur exhibits were exciting to see and very educational. We also enjoyed the rattlesnake exhibits. The museum is located right along I-70.... More

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West Jordan, Utah
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6 reviews 6 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This was a nice stop in Hays on our trip cross country. We saw the museum from the interstate and after checking into our hotel decided to go check it out. I have a 6 year old son who loves dinosaurs and really enjoyed the exhibits. They had a special exhibit that featured rattlesnakes that was a bonus.

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Lyons
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67 reviews 67 reviews
33 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Our high school science class took a field trip here. I was really looking forward to it but was disappointed. There were not many displays. The lay-out of the museum was confusing. And they have way too many snakes on display without any warning that they are there.

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Henderson, Nebraska
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

This was a great place to take my 3 year old and 8 year old. It was super affordable and a fun place to go to kill a couple hours. A+

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Springfield, Missouri
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I love Dinosaurs and anything concerning them; I guess I'm a kid at heart. This museum is a must see. The audio animatronic displays are like being in the jurassic 50 million years ago. My favorite dinosaur was the T Rex. It was so real that it sent chills up my spine when it turned and roared in my face.... More

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Agar, South Dakota, United States
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96 reviews 96 reviews
14 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Our three toddlers had a blast in this museum! There was a function going on where 250 kids were split up in groups throughout, however that did not affect the quality of our visit. They had an amazing rattlesnake exhibit and life size replicas of dinosaurs that moved (warn your kids). There was a little sandbox area where the kids... More

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Centennial, Colorado
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

We Denver snobs were pleasantly impressed with the friendliness of the staff, the uniqueness of the exhibits and the completeness of the gift shop.

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Manhattan, Kansas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

My family really enjoyed visiting the museum. This was the second time we have traveled to Hays specifically to visit the museum. It is beginning to look a look out of date and needs some facility improvements. The public areas were in pretty good condition, but the exhibits need some improvements.

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Stockton, Kansas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Not just the live display of Rattlers but the whole museum is interactive. Great place to visit for all ages.

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Manhattan, Kansas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

I have known about this museum for quite some time, so it is no surprise to me—but if you don't know about it and have any interest in paleontology, fossils, and/or dinosaurs, you will be amazed! This museum displays the famous "fish-within-a-fish" specimen discovered by Charles Sternberg, as well as several other spectacular finds of his. Temporary visits are frequently... More

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