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Sternberg Museum of Natural History

Open Now: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Interesting small museum

My 11 year old son and I spent 1 1/2-2 hours here on a cross country trip. The day was nippy so a... read more

Reviewed October 23, 2018
Atlanta, Georgia
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A must see in Hays

The old Sternberg exhibt was at the college. It was wonderful. The new one is even better. Do... read more

Reviewed October 19, 2018
Kent, Washington
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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, Hays, KS 67601-2006
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Reviewed October 23, 2018 via mobile

My 11 year old son and I spent 1 1/2-2 hours here on a cross country trip. The day was nippy so a museum was a good call. We learned much about the area, saw near fossils and geodes. My son also liked the hands...More

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Reviewed October 19, 2018

The old Sternberg exhibt was at the college. It was wonderful. The new one is even better. Do not miss the fish in the fish. No where in the US will you see this.

Thank Senioronabudget
Reviewed October 9, 2018

Looking for things to do to break up the long (but really pretty and pleasant -- would be if it wasn't raining) drive across Kansas, this seemed a worthwhile stop. Sadly, of all the half-dozen or so musums I visited in the area, this was...More

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Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

Traveling through town we stopped and visited with a friend who lives in Hays. If you like natural history (archeological, botanical and evolutionary) you’ll love this place. Very educational with displays that describe things in depth. An added bonus is a very nice gift shop...More

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Reviewed September 20, 2018 via mobile

Had a nice time visiting the Sternberg museum in hays Kansas. My kids love the moving dinasours on the second floor. And the kids learning room has so much to teach with hands-on displays

Thank Shawn C
Reviewed September 15, 2018

This is a very good mid-sized museum with an emphasis on Kansas natural history. The highlight is the fish-within-the fish but the museum has a wide variety of exhibits. Kids will love the third floor dinosaur show.

Thank Leon67203
Reviewed August 12, 2018

The Sternberg Museum has a wonderful background related to the history of paleontology with members of the Sternberg family discovering important fossils around the world. Eventually one Sternberg was associated with Fort Hays State University's natural history museum. Through a series of fortunate events this...More

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Reviewed August 11, 2018

This museum has many exhibits of fossils found in Kansas, which I found fascinating as I live in Kansas and was not aware of our fossil history. There is activities for children to do and see. The children I saw were well engaged and interactive...More

Thank cwolfe406
Reviewed August 6, 2018

Kids get to actually did for large simulated dino bones in a sizeable sandpit. This museum is well worth the stop...

Thank Mark D
Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

educational, nice employees, very good looking exhibits all the time. me and my family love going here on days off.

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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