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Sternberg Museum of Natural History

Closed Now: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Experiencing history in a new way

This museum offers so much more than you could ever expect. Not only do you learn about the great... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lisa L
Great stop on our way across I-70

We stopped on our way across I-70 for everyone to get out and stretch their legs for a bit, and it... read more

Reviewed August 5, 2019
Lenexa, Kansas
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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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3000 Sternberg Dr, Hays, KS 67601-2006
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum offers so much more than you could ever expect. Not only do you learn about the great creatures that roamed the earth, but you experience it in a unique way where you don't realize you are learning. Great place for All ages! I...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed August 5, 2019 via mobile

We stopped on our way across I-70 for everyone to get out and stretch their legs for a bit, and it was perfect for that. The kiddos (nearly 3 and 7) liked all of the animals and fossils and rocks. The toddler was especially infatuated...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed July 8, 2019

I stopped here with my two little girls in the middle of a long road trip. the museum is awesome, my kids (ages 5 and 3) loved it! there are huge moving dinosaurs, tons of rocks and fossils, a large interactive area for kids and...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed June 29, 2019 via mobile

We were on a roadtrip across country but we had to stop at this museum. It was super easy to find and it had some really amazing things to see. For example: a moth display, snakes, shark models (yes a model of what Megalodon might...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed June 28, 2019

This is an underappreciated attraction in Hays America. The quality of the exhibits and ability to interact with exhibits and staff is second to none. We took grandchildren to "Meet the Animals." It was a nice program for children of all ages held in the...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed April 29, 2019

A great place to look and learn about how Western Kansas was millions of years ago! Perfect place to take a family.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 14, 2019

Mind-blowing fossil displays of local finds. Animal fossils, petrified wood, minerals, geology, live rattlesnakes. Fun for all ages.

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank jerryjerry777
Reviewed March 14, 2019

If you like evolution and rattlesnakes, you'll thoroughly enjoy this well done museum! There are fossils everywhere, plenty of space for kiddos, including an area just for them, and really, the largest collection of rattlesnakes I have ever seen.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Kimberly M
Reviewed February 18, 2019 via mobile

We arrived after the Star Wars Day. But the museum has a huge amount of displays and a comfortable atmosphere. Definitely worth it with the family or to browse history by yourself.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed January 6, 2019

My husband, daughter and I visited the museum. When we went, there was a snake exhibit that my daughter loved. There was also a cool bug exhibit that had larger than life moving bugs, but my daughter was afraid of this one (she's 2). We...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Response from Jeannine B | Reviewed this property |
Any age child will really love it. There is a room specifically set up for younger kids to explore with their hands, eyes, ears. My children started going there when they were really young and they thought it was the... More
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Response from Rebekah B | Reviewed this property |
We got there early in the morning and were the only people there so was able to explore everything in a couple hours. If you're there at a busier time I'd allow more time as your kids may have to wait to experience the more... More