We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Sternberg Museum of Natural History

Is this your business?
3000 Sternberg Dr, Hays, Hays, KS 67601-2006
+1 785-628-4286
Review Highlights
Awesome mid-road-trip visit for family of 5

Suggested by a professor friend of mine during a half-way stop during a family road trip and we... read more

Reviewed August 16, 2016
Karen N

This was really impressive. The museum features tons of animal and plant fossils. Includes a life... read more

Reviewed August 16, 2016
via mobile
Read all 164 reviews
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good23%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
3000 Sternberg Dr, Hays, Hays, KS 67601-2006
+1 785-628-4286
Write a Review
Reviews (164)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year

21 - 30 of 164 reviews

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...More

Thank Karen N
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...More

Thank JourneymanColorado
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...More

Thank chomphosy
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

Thank Andy M
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...More

Thank kdpowell17
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.

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...More

Thank Motherontheroad
Reviewed July 10, 2016

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...More

Thank marcie_log
Reviewed July 6, 2016

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...More

Thank Alice M
Reviewed July 1, 2016 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....More

Thank Troy C
Sponsored by:
Nearby Restaurants
El Dos De Oros
91 reviews
.96 miles away
TRIO Tap House
65 reviews
.87 miles away
Thirstys Brew Pub & Grill
70 reviews
.90 miles away
45 reviews
1.00 miles away
Nearby Attractions
The Golden Q
29 reviews
2.20 miles away
Ellis County Historical Society Museum
13 reviews
2.23 miles away
Defiance Brewery
9 reviews
2.08 miles away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
How old do children need to be to attend?
April 17, 2016|
Answer Show all 2 answers
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
How much time should we allow to spend at the museum? (For two adults and 1st grader) We are considering stopping as a break on our way from MO to Colorado so need to figure out how much time we would want to add. Thanks!
January 10, 2015|
Answer Show all 4 answers
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