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Sternberg Museum of Natural History

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Address: 3000 Sternberg Dr, Hays, Hays, KS 67601-2006
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+1 785-628-4286
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09:00 - 18:00
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Sun 13:00 - 18:00
Tue - Sat 09:00 - 18:00
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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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Very Best Fossil Displays Ever!

The most photographed fossil is the huge fish within a fish fossil, but they are all beautiful and complete. Where pieces are missing the other parts are draw in the right place... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The most photographed fossil is the huge fish within a fish fossil, but they are all beautiful and complete. Where pieces are missing the other parts are draw in the right place so you can see the whole animal and the size. There are charts of the three major extinctions that have occurred and well as well labeled things like... More 

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Norton, Kansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It has been awhile, but the live rattlesnake exhibit was worth the admission by itself. Really great museum for dinosaur lovers. Lots of ancient western Kansas exhibits. Lots of well thought out exhibits. A whole hands on area for kids, and grandparents!

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Hutchinson, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum has an excellent collection of natural history artifacts. It's a quick tour but nice to get off the hi-way if you're traveling along I-70 between Denver and K.C.

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Oakley, Kansas
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is awesome!! The science room for the kids is such a great idea!! Hands on and fun!! the displays are awesome and look realistic! We will be back to let grandkids go through it with us next time!

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Thank prettyeyesofbleu
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Generally you would have to wait until a special show tours through your city to see the large animatronic dinosaurs, but this display is up year round. It helps to increase the enjoyment of the experience if you know a bit about the geological history of the area.

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Thank Katie G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

My children love it here! They both love dinosaurs, so the dinosaurs that move and growl are a huge hit!

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Great Bend, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Turned 23 in September, all I wanted to do was have fun instead of family reunions so I went to the museum, acted like a kid, took selfies with the dinosaurs and got stared at by some really judgmental children when i crawled in the archaeology pit to take another selfie...I guess 23 year olds cant hang with the club... More 

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Eldorado, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

I was greatly surprised at how well done this small museum is. It has a wonderful dinosaur diorama that even has a T-Rex that roars! A special exhibit on rattler snakes found mostly napping snakes curled up against the windows. Definitely worth seeing!

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Thank Micki R
Kansas City, Missouri
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Fascinating museum about marine dinosaurs that inhabited a great inland sea millions of years ago in the mid section of America. Yes, Kansas was once undersea during the age of dinosaurs, and there has been a lot of fossil evidence discovered. Beautiful facility, which is very geared for kids, as well as adults. A wonderful stopping point along Interstate 70... More 

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Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 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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