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“Great value. Wonderful museum.”

Sternberg Museum of Natural History
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Hays
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Part of the Fort Hays State University, the museum is dedicated to collecting and preserving plant and animal specimens pertaining to the Great Plains.
Reviewed September 12, 2011

I went with my best friend and my two year old daughter. There are alot if things to see. Decent gift shop. The dinosaur exhibit was really awesome. My daughter loved it. The glowing rocks were really neat. The place was clean and easily accesible.

Thank Cupcakebaby
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Reviewed August 18, 2011

Lots of things to see very nice for the size of Hays... go ahead pull over you will be glad you did.

Thank samspade30
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Reviewed July 22, 2011

Given its location about halfway between Denver and Kansas City, Hays makes a nice stopover when driving through. With a dinosaur lover in our family (kids ages 5 and 7) the Sternberg Museum was a must.

The first set of exhibits were a little underwhelming, but the story of the Sternbergs and the famous "fish within a fish" fossil was well done. The upper level dinosaur exhibit was impressive to the kids, and the Discovery room had enough to keep them occupied for over an hour. Our total time at the museum was about three hours. Other families may make it through more quickly -- we certainly could have cut it shorter or stretched it out in the Discovery Room if we needed to.

Whether visiting Hays or just needing a stretch break on a road trip, the Sternberg is worth checking out.

Thank 1971momof2
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Reviewed June 17, 2011

Great for my kids 5, 11, 13, 15 as well as us adults.

Special exhibit with Snoopy was well done and kids liked interactive craft stops.

History of area and showing fossils is great.
Upstairs with full size dinosaurs a big winner with kids. Not skeletons but are "flesh".

Do not miss side discovery room, upstairs. You might not see it, it is near restrooms away from circular central area. Very worth the time. Live specimens, both day animals and a dark area for night animals.

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Reviewed May 14, 2011

We went in and the kids were immediately enthralled! I quickly wasn't when I saw the price of $8 per person for such a small museum. There was a lot of hands on things for my young kids to do and that was the best thing about the museum. It was a fun way to see Kansas and Colorado 70-80 million years ago.

Thank NMjourneyer
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