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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 10 Attractions in Hutchinson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mines, Specialty Museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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, Sights & Landmarks
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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Olathe, Kansas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Definitely one of the top 3 natural must see attractions in KS. Consider visiting during week or on weekend afternoons for less crowds. Worth every penny! Consider doing tram ride and dark ride to get full effect . Our kids enjoyed it. One of our best family road trips ever.

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Sublette, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Amazing is about the only word to describe this God made wonder. It is beautiful!. It's fun and interesting and educational. Way better than the Grand Canyon and much easier to see and get around. Things you need to know. Be on time and get there early, first trip down leaves at 9:20 am You will be wearing a hard... More 

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The West
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This is a very cool place to visit. I was worried about feeling claustrophobic, but it wasn't a problem. It's a really unique thing to see. Much more interesting and fun than expected.

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

Thanks for visiting and posting about your trip. It's hard to explain to people how open it is underground with the large rooms. They are 40 by 40 or larger. We're so glad you enjoyed your visit! More 

Rochester, Minnesota
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76 reviews 76 reviews
31 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This was a very cool self-guided tour! You can take as much time as you want. To go down and see the saltmines and hop on 2 train tours was amazing. Lots of history and you get to take home a chunk of salt.

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

Thanks for taking time to visit Strataca! We hope you're still enjoying your souvenir piece of salt. Be sure and coat it with a clear varnish or something similar so it will shine. Thanks! More 

Wichita
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147 reviews 147 reviews
48 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I visited with three generations of family members ranging in age and interests and everyone enjoyed the visit to the salt mines. Once you arrive underground, the tour is self-guided allowing you to spend as much or as little time as you like learning about the geology of the underground mine, the history of salt mining, the underground storage vault,... More 

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

Mary, Thanks for taking time to post a review. We're so glad all the folks in your group had a good time. We try to have something interesting for every age visitor. Thanks for the visit! More 

Oak Grove, Missouri
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57 reviews 57 reviews
16 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

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

Thanks for visiting, Gigi, and for writing a review. We think Strataca is pretty wonderful and love it when visitors "get it!" So glad you had a good time! More 

Wichita, Kansas
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

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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51 reviews 51 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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 

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