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“Ummm very salty......”
Review of Strataca

Strataca
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Hutchinson
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Travel 650 feet underground into an active salt mine! Experience a cool and soothing subterranean world formed by salt deposits in the Permian Sea long ago. See the raw mine as it was left more than 50 years ago on the Salt Mine Express train ride and catch a guided tour on a tram to the Dark Ride. You won't want to miss a special gallery filled with authentic movie costumes and memorabilia. And don't miss the SALT SAFARI add on tour. A one hour guided adventure tour that goes BEYOND STRATACA. See salt formations not available to the general public until now! Limited capacity -- only 12 visitors at a time depart 3-4 times a day.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We went a few years ago and loved it. The thrill of going underground in the original elevator is awesome. Bonus it is pitch black. We had young and elderly with our group. A must for everyone. Informational, yet fun. And you get a free salt rock. We didn't schedule ahead of time and we got in pretty quickly. Must go and see!

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Reviewed July 21, 2013

You aren't giving this place due credit if you refer to it as a "mine". There is so much more to it than that. I have been to several caves and gold mines and the like, that I almost passed up my opportunity to visit the Kansas Underground Salt Museum. Boy would I have missed out. I have never seen so many pieces of original mining equipment in one place. The gallery (set up in chronological order) takes you through the process of salt mining with short videos, equipment displays, and information boards. There are several spots where you can touch the various types of rock salt and sediment throughout the museum. You even get a chance to take home a free palm-size piece of salt rock if you take the dark ride. There are several pieces of movie memorabilia to see in the Underground Vault Storage area. It's a step back in not too-distant time, that especially the baby boomer age and younger will throughly enjoy. The staff is unbelievably friendly and knowledgeable. All the equipment you need to enter the mine is provided, and it is a comfortable 68 degrees down there. Don't worry, there is a bathroom, as well. The hoist ride down is accomplished in the dark (lasts about 60 seconds), but lights can be turned on if need be. Our kiddos were not sincerely afraid (had some as young as 4) during any part of the tour, and we did everything to include hoist ride down, the gallery, the train ride, and the dark ride.

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Reviewed July 18, 2013

It was really unique. Always meant to go..but never did before. Cool elevator takes you 650 ft. underground to view the mines, ride a train, or tram and just look at the walls and mine. We bought the "Blast Pass" which allowed you both rides. The underground "rooms" for the most part are huge and not tight or confined at all. Ceilings get a little low only on the rides---but if you have a fear of tight places----other than being underground---the spaces are well lit, open, spacious and cool. Elevator ride down was a little tight..but over quickly. I especially enjoyed seeing some of the weird "rubble" left over from every decade since the 40's or so. As they say...if it's down there...it stays down there. Everything from old boots, drink cups, jeep from the 30's (I think), old homemade toilet and assorted papers, and mementos from miners from then till now. There are huge pieces of mining equiptment you can see---mining cars, drills, explosive boxes. Also little videos on the lives of miners, how they set explosives in the salt walls..and especially the museum area where the movie costumes and props that they store are shown in rotating displays. We saw some "MIB" props, Dean Cain's Superman suit he used on the TV show, Batman costume, and more. Also a newpaper article that was published after Lincoln was shot. The one tram stops so you can get out a select a sample of salt from a huge pile to take home with you. You can take a fairly large piece and they have a "red" salt that you can select if you can find some loose. Nice gift shop with some salt water taffy we "needed" to buy, and some cute shirts "SALT ROCKS"! It is well run and clean and cool and safety is a main concern. You may want to not take in anything you don't really need to haul around. You MUST wear a hard hat and carry a small breathing device on a shoulder strap crossbody while you're down there. So leave the heavy purses, stuffed animals and clutter in your car...(I know--I carried a big purse and 2 stuffed monkeys through the whole place!!) There are only a couple/ or few of these mines in the whole world (or something like that) so having one in our own backyard is a treat. Be sure you visit if you can.

Thank DIANE P
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

This place is very interesting and informative. You go underground 600 feet and see where they store a lot of films, photos, classic film costumes, etc because the temp stays consistent year around. The price is reasonable and we had a lot of fun here

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Reviewed July 10, 2013

Was amazed so see the abundance of salt, the way it is mined and that so many companies and industries use the mined area for storage. Hollywood costumes from famous movies; computer companies have back-up files, banks have important records stored there for safe keeping since it is fire proof, flood proof and the temperature is steady.

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