Sternberg Museum of Natural History

Sternberg Museum of Natural History

Sternberg Museum of Natural History
4.5
Natural History Museums
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9:00 AM - 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
Sunday
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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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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SusieMA1
Belleville, KS172 contributions
Apr 2021
My favorite part of the museum was the 3rd floor dinosaur dioramas-so huge and realistic. Almost scary for this grandma! The fossil "Fish within a fish" was awesome too, along with the movie of how this fossil was removed from it's limestone bed. I would love to take my grand-kids to this museum. Worth your time and money to visit.
Written April 15, 2021
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naturetack
Dallas, TX751 contributions
Oct 2020
One of the most unique museums I've ever been to. So many cool exhibits, including the life sized prehistoric animal dioramas, the exhibits of fossils with their living relatives for comparison, and so much more! The fossil displays were fascinating and informative, learned a lot about the fishes and other sea creatures found in Kansas, and about Sternberg and other paleontologists. Definitely recommend to anyone passing through the area!
Written November 2, 2020
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hgb001
Bradford, OH26 contributions
Jun 2020 • Couples
We lived in Hays for three years in the 1980s but never visited the museum. Now passing through town, we decided to stop. The museum been in its new home since 1997. It was nice and cool on a hot Kansas day. The exhibits are impressive and well done. It is very much worth seeing.
Written June 30, 2020
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Walter R
Pocatello, ID30 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
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 to vertebrate paleontology. Also the museum is housed in a monolithic dome which is cool.
Written May 22, 2015
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gildobie
Rogers, AR22 contributions
Jun 2015 • Family
I wasn't expecting much of this dome shaped museum. But it is an enjoyable experience especially if you like pre-historic animals and history.They have some great exhibits that kids and adults will like viewing. This museum would be at home into any major city in the United States. It is a gem for for Ft. Hays Kansas. Right off the main highway. Worth a stop. Cost is reasonable too.
Written July 9, 2015
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Wapsieyorkies
Quasqueton, IA28 contributions
Nov 2014 • Solo
Really worth the time to see. Especially if you are into dinosaurs. Have toured this by my self and when my children were small. It is always a wonderful experience. I learn something every time I go.
Written February 14, 2015
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J B
St Louis29 contributions
Jan 2015 • Solo
I finally decided to stop at this museum after driving past it so many times. Exhibits are housed in the dome (visible from the interstate), with two highlights, rattlesnakes and fossils. Many (more than a dozen?) live rattlesnakes are on display with information about each species. Most of these were happily dozing, but one was crawling up the side of the cage, reminding me of the anaconda in that first Harry Potter movie. Very cool! The museum is named for a fossil collector, and his prize fossils are in the museum, including some great Cretaceous fossils. My favorites were a mosasaur (killer aquatic reptile), a slab full of crinoids (aka sea lilies), and a shark (rare, as the cartilage skeletons usually don't fossilize). Kansas was an ocean when these fossils formed, so expect ocean-dwelling creatures. Kids will love the life-size models of sea creatures and land-dwelling creatures alike (a moving and roaring T-rex!). The museum is pretty small, and can be thoroughly explored in an hour or so, and the admission price is quite reasonable.
Written January 13, 2015
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KJS1974
Garden City, KS22 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
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.
Written August 10, 2014
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Clarman
Manhattan, KS38 contributions
Mar 2014 • Family
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 changed, and are often quite amazing—a couple of years ago, the museum housed a spectacular temporary exhibit featuring dinosaurs from Africa! The top floor of the museum contains a diorama featuring a large and loud animatronic T-Rex! Young kids are either terrified of it or love it! All in all, the museum is a superb value for the money and is a great way to break up a long trip along Interstate 70 in Kansas!
Written March 22, 2014
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p e
Runaway Bay, Australia219 contributions
Oct 2013 • Couples
Possibly a few dollars too much for entry but still worthwhile. Watch out for T. Rex as you pass by, she may get upset
Written October 3, 2013
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  • Tue - Sat 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM


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