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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 2013
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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Manhattan, Kansas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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 It is beginning to look a look out of date and needs some facility improvements.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
2 reviews
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
8 helpful votes 8 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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Stocksbridge, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
20 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Our visit happened to be near closing time so we didn't have to compete with loads of people. The exhibits were interesting but seemed sort of random. I found that the museum on the Omaha campus had very similar (identical) exhibits and was able to link them together to make sense. The Omaha site also had lots more, so I... More

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Springfield, Missouri
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

If you have time please stop and see this place. It is well worth the time if you have kids or even like dinosaurs. It is a lot of information but well worth the nominal fee of admission.

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Wichita KS
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

The permanent exhibits are informative and entertaining. The adults enjoyed the visit and so did my 14 year old son. The history is presented in an understandable manner. Followed the visit with a great meal at Gella's Diner. Good place to take a travel break.

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HAYS
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

It is well worth your time to stop at the Sternberg. One of the most famous researchers of fossils was George Sternberg. Much of his work it exhibited here. This will be enjoyable both for adults and children.

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

This museum is amazing!! The exhibits were top-notch and far exceeded my expectations. It had something for every age level and really engaged you by presenting the information in unique. Visit!!!

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oklahoma
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Under the dome for this museum is wonderful. There is a fish within a fish that is the actual fossil, not a reproduction. The staff are very helpful and the museum is laid out in a circular pattern that flows nicely with the different time periods of the earth while keeping geology of the earth on track. Children will find... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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89 reviews 89 reviews
18 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Possibly a few dollars too much for entry but still worthwhile. Watch out for T. Rex as you pass by, she may get upset

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