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Sternberg Museum of Natural History

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Address: 3000 Sternberg Drive, Hays, Hays, KS 67601
Phone Number: 785-628-4286, 877-332-1165
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Sun 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Part of the Fort Hays State University, the museum is dedicated to...

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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Prehistoric treasure chest of goodies. Housed in a geodesic dome, it has interesting exhibits. Kids will love life size dinosaurs. Famous for the fish within a fish skeleton. Kids... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Prehistoric treasure chest of goodies. Housed in a geodesic dome, it has interesting exhibits. Kids will love life size dinosaurs. Famous for the fish within a fish skeleton. Kids Discovery Room is fun.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While it doesn't hold a candle to the larger science and natural history museums in major cities, Sternberg was a pleasant discovery off the beaten path. It's larger than it looks from the outside, and admission prices are reasonable. We visited in the late afternoon on a weekday and found it to be very uncrowded - we were practically the... More 

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Emporia, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I grew up in Hays and took many school field trips to this museum when it was still on the FHSU campus (however, it is far more improved from the '80s). The fish-within-a-fish and the shrunken head are still a thrill to see! This museum is currently housed in a unique domed shaped building that is highly visible from I-70.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is a must for travelers wanting a lovely place to get in out of the blazing sun and constant wind of a western Kansas summer. The exhibits are attractive and interesting, and include fossils collected from Kansas and other areas. There are videos and exhibits about the famous "fish within a fish" a wall size fossil. Children and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You won't regret coming to this place. It's the perfect place to take the kids to learn about several of the prehistoric animals that roamed the Kansas area so long ago. There are multiple dinosaur fossils, interactive activities, and a really cool rattle snake exhibit. There is also a giant life sized T-Rex that moves and growls when you get... More 

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Hays, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From the road you think we'll I hope I don't waste my time going in, inside you find so much room! The exhibits are always changing, they have days you can go for free, live animals inside(reptiles mainly), there is always something going on. I would recommend going if you have never been, they also have a learning center for... More 

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Billings, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Definitely bigger than you would think - from the outside I did not think it would take long to get through it at all but once inside is wraps around and around - we were in there exploring for the better part of 2 hours. There are a few dinosaurs and a great little dig area for kids - I... More 

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Longmont, Colorado
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

This is a high quality museum of natural history, and it has some fun and informative stations and activities for kids.

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Hays, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

For some reason, this place doesn't look very big, but once you get inside, there is a lot to see. One thing that sets the Sternberg apart is that it is so Kansas. Many of the exhibited materials came from Kansas farms, often initially discovered by Kansas farmers. For a Kansan, it is a great way to connect past and... More 

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Mount Joy, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

Have been driving past for 40 years, had time so we stopped. They have some wonderful exhibits both rocks and fossils. The archaeopteryx exhibit is one of the best for this important fossil. The fishes and other dinosaurs are very well done. Great place to get off I-70, stretch you legs and learn something.

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