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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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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 wonderful museum with many exhibits.

Museum doesn't cost much and the grandkids learned a lot. The dinosaurs were fun. There are some great fossils from the area and if you like snakes the exhibit is large.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 7, 2015
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Lawson, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Museum doesn't cost much and the grandkids learned a lot. The dinosaurs were fun. There are some great fossils from the area and if you like snakes the exhibit is large.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

I have always wanted to go to the Sternberg and finally went. What a neat collection of artifacts from around the area!! Who knew?? This is a place that makes education fun!!

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Topeka, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 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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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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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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Additional Information about Sternberg Museum of Natural History

Address: Address: 3000 Sternberg Drive, Hays, Hays, KS 67601
Phone Number: 785-628-4286, 877-332-1165
Location: United States  >  Kansas (KS)  >  Hays
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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