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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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9:00 am - 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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Haven't been here in 20. The place has changed and really improved. Lots of hands on stuff for kids and lots of fossils. They have traveling exhibits. Plus you have tinder the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Wichita, Kansas
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Wichita, Kansas
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30 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Haven't been here in 20. The place has changed and really improved. Lots of hands on stuff for kids and lots of fossils. They have traveling exhibits. Plus you have tinder the fish with in a fish fossil

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took our extended family (grandmother, mother, siblings & their children) here with us on our first experience. It was great for all ages. There was wheelchair access for the elderly, play places for the kids, & lots of great exhibits for all to enjoy! They bring in specialty exhibits in additional to the regular museum displays. We will plan... More 

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Hays, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This has got it all from snakes to teeth found all over western Kansas. Something too see. Even a gift shop. Something for everyone.

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Silverton, Oregon
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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Thank Amy S
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016 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 August 15, 2016

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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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

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 August 4, 2016

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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