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Strataca

Address: 3650 E. Avenue G, Hutchinson, KS 67501 (Formerly Kansas Underground Salt Museum)
Phone Number: +1 620-662-1425
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Ranked #2 of 9 Attractions in Hutchinson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mines, Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: It's an experience truly unlike any other! Travel 650 feet underground into an active salt mine...
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Type: Mines, Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: It's an experience truly unlike any other! Travel 650 feet underground into an active salt mine. Journey through intriguing and palatial rooms, surrounded by salt deposits formed by the Permian Sea long ago. See the raw mine as it was left more than 50 years ago on the Salt Mine Express train ride and catch a guided tour on a tram to the Dark Ride. You won't want to miss a special gallery filled with authentic movie costumes and memorabilia.

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Oak Grove, Missouri
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57 reviews 57 reviews
16 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 NEW

We had read about this salt museum, so planned one of our week-end visits. We visited on a Saturday, so called ahead and made reservations. If you go the the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Museum and the Strataca salt museum you can get $5 off the Blast Past, with receipt, which is $19.00 and includes the museum, Dark Ride and... More 

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Wichita, Kansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

It was very cool to go down and see the salt mines...however was also slightly disppointed. My wife and I decided that we just wanted to do the musuem tour- because we did not want to pay extra money for the train, and then pay for the dark tour on top of that. The museum was cool to see, I... More 

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saltgeek, Director of Operations at Strataca, responded to this review

Thanks for taking time to visit, Caleb. We are constantly adding and updating at Strataca, so we hope you'll be able to visit another time and take advantage of the dark ride as well. Thanks for making us part of your travel plans! More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Strataca is actually the name of the underground salt mine museum. We were in town for a wedding and decided to visit since we had time. The building is very unassuming because almost nothing happens in the building. That is just where the tour starts. The mine is 650ft below the Strataca building. You ride a completely authentic elevator down... More 

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SaltLady, General Manager at Strataca, responded to this review

We're so glad that you didn't let the rain keep you at home! Regardless of the weather outside, it is always a perfect 68 degrees with low humidity underground. I particularly appreciate that you pointed out that there are no bugs or bats, as we pride ourselves on the wonderful and healthful environment that we share with our guests. Thanks... More 

Omaha, Nebraska
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Exactly to visit Strataca we drove from Omaha (Ne) during Thanksgiving brake. The only one thing I would say about this place it is ... MUST SEE My 7-years old daughter and me, and friends, who travel with us - we all had a great time and amazig memories. Highly recomend to everyone, who will have a chance be in... More 

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saltgeek, Director of Operations at Strataca, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting! We are so glad you had a great time underground. We love to share the underground world of Strataca - we think it's pretty wonderful and love it when visitors enjoy it as much as we do. Thanks for coming and thanks for helping spread the word! More 

Parker
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36 reviews 36 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

After reading the reviews, we decided to stop and see. The staff at the front door were very helpful - even though we were past the last trip of the day they offered to let us go to the museum or reserve a spot for the next day. We hit the entire deal - train and dark tour. It was... More 

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saltgeek, Director of Operations at Strataca, responded to this review

Thanks for taking time to visit! We're so glad you had a good time underground. We're glad the reviews encouraged your visit and we appreciate you taking time to share your experience, too. Thanks! More 

Charlottesville, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

This was an extremely interesting attraction and well worth the time and money to see. The three parts of the tour were all very enjoyable and the staff and docents were very knowledgeable and informative. I was wondering how good this museum would be but it far exceeded my expectations!

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saltgeek, Director of Operations at Strataca, responded to this review

Thanks for making us part of your travel schedule. We're so glad Strataca exceeded your expectations! We love to share this special underground world. Thanks for coming and for taking the time to share your experience! More 

Orlando, Florida, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Go 650 feet underground and explore salt deposits that were laid billions of years ago and move around an active mine. Two solid hours of viewing how they actively mine salt, taking a train tour and going on a dark tour through the mine - very cool. If you're ever in the area it is the number #1 definite must.

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saltgeek, Director of Operations at Strataca, responded to this review

Thanks for sharing the news about Strataca. We're so glad you had a great time! We think it's a pretty wonderful place and love to share it with folks. It is a one of a kind experience - the only place in the western world where you can go into a working salt mine. Thanks! More 

Hutchinson, Kansas, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

A great learning experience. Museum and gift shop all underground. Pricing in line with other like attractions. Easy to get to and ample parking.

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saltgeek, Director of Operations at Strataca, responded to this review

Thanks for your visit, Dale. So glad you enjoyed your visit. We love to share the underground world of Strataca with visitors! Thanks for helping spread the word! More 

Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is a different experience than you would expect. If you weren't told you were 650 feet underground you wouldn't know it. It is spacious.In additional to learning about salt mining, you learn about geology and see some amazing things stored in the mine. The movie costumes are amazing but my favorite thing is the newspaper from the day after... More 

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saltgeek, Director of Operations at Strataca, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting and for taking time to write a review. We love to share the underground world of Strataca. It's hard to explain to people all they will experience on their visit, and you did a great job. Thank you for coming! More 

Northfield
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49 reviews 49 reviews
37 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Our whole family really enjoyed this. It was informative and the entire staff really seemed to love working there. The gallery tour is self-guided so you can go at whatever pace you want to. They had several short films throughout the exhibit rather than one long one, which I preferred. there were several guided portions that went deeper into the... More 

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saltgeek, Director of Operations at Strataca, responded to this review

Colette, Thanks for making the trip underground to Strataca! We're so glad you had a good time and got a chance to see some of the videos that explain how salt mining works. We appreciate your kind words. Thanks! More 

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