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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 13 Attractions in Hays
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
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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.

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Joplin, Missouri, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

I wasn't sure what to expect because the friends we went with had just said that my 2 year old would have a great time and that it was a dinosaur museum. It was so much more. From rugged outdoor, dino habitat simulators, to actual dinosaur fossils, from giant animatronic dinos to a sand pit for "excavating fossils", from a... More

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Canon City, CO.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We went to Hays Kansas for a mini family reunion and had no idea this museum even existed until I was researching things to do while in Hays. The museum is an amazing gem both in its displays and overall value. There are many wonderful fossil exhibits, many having been discovered by the namesake of the museum. There are also... More

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Hays, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is a good place to visit for people who are interested in what existed here a long long time ago. The visit starts with an elevator ride to the 3rd floor. You start by viewing replicas of land dinosaurs that were in Colorado. Then you start seeing sea animals that were in Kansas at the time. This is followed... More

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Iligan, Philippines
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56 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

The Sternberg Museum is interesting. There are good displays of fossils and recreations of what dinosaurs might have looked like. A nice display of living rattlesnakes. I did not know there are so many variations. Can easily do a self-guided tour since displays are fairly well marked. Probably the best known display is of the fish within a fish fossil.... More

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Alma
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

My husband and I attended with 2 of our grandchildren, ages 8 and 3. Had a great time and the kids had lots of fun.

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Garden City, Kansas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Took my 8 yr old grandson to Sternberg for his & my first trip there. Really reasonable admission. We spent at least 2 hours there, something for every age group. Very well done displays & nice facility. Would highly recommend this museum.

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United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Fort Hays State University owns this museum, and they have done a fabulous job. Mixture of the prehistoric and the modern. Very impressed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

My children love the museum. They love looking at the snake, fish within a fish. Not too fond of the dinosaurs but do love the fossil dig pit. The Discovery room is great with a lot of hands on things. The discovery room and the dig pit are the favorites of my children. We were given a pass for the... More

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Dahlgren, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Great exhibits - very interesting! The staff was knowledgeable and helpful. Excellent hands-on opportunities for kids and great resources.

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Rew, Pennsylvania
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We had so much fun here. In addition to the displays of bones from hundreds of different types of animals on the first floor, there is an exhibit of live rattlesnakes, including a measuring guide so you can see which rattler is as long as you are tall. Upstairs there's an animatronic T-Rex that scared my nephew (he came back... More

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