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Sternberg Museum of Natural History

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Address: 3000 Sternberg Dr, Hays, Hays, KS 67601-2006
Phone Number: 785-628-4286, 877-332-1165
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1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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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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Excellent museum in western Kansas

This museum is filled with interesting facts about dinosaurs. On one floor they have dinosaurs that have motion sensors & will start moving when you walk up (which might scare... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Silverton, Oregon
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Silverton, Oregon
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This museum is filled with interesting facts about dinosaurs. On one floor they have dinosaurs that have motion sensors & will start moving when you walk up (which might scare small children). There is a kid's museum where kids can have hands on experiences with all kinds of cool things.

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Estes Park, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was a great museum if you are interested in fossils and Kansas geology. They also had a rattlesnake exhibit with live rattlers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Suggested by a professor friend of mine during a half-way stop during a family road trip and we were very pleased! We spent about two hours (no crowds) walking around and looking at the all the exhibits. The most exciting (and surprising) exhibit is the Rattlers, which contained about 20 or so different LIVE rattlesnakes from around the entire US... More 

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Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was really impressive. The museum features tons of animal and plant fossils. Includes a life size display of Dinosaurs from the ocean to land that you walk through. The T-rex even moves which we found fun and my 5 yo loved. There is a live rattle snake exhibit displaying all the different rattlesnakes in North America. Great to look... More 

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Fayetteville, AR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We've visited this excellent museum twice with different ages in the group, and we can say with confidence that both kids and adults enjoy this museum. For adults, there are detailed interpretive exhibits like one on the recent controversy over the archaeopteryx, while children love the many hands-on exhibits. Everyone will love the live rattlesnakes and the robotic dinosaurs! The... More 

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Brighton, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

great gem in Hays ! this museum is a hidden gem right before your eyes ! for the price it is well worth the time. Kids will love the dioramas and the snakes

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This Is a very family friendly museum that kids love to go to with the discovery room! We go several times a year for a daily outing if the weather is too hot or too cold to do much outside and it is a day well spent!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016 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 July 10, 2016

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 July 10, 2016 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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