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Sternberg Museum of Natural History

3000 Sternberg Dr, Hays, Hays, KS 67601-2006
+1 785-628-4286
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Interesting Exhibits

This museum has a good mixture of revolving exhibits and permanent exhibits. We knew this museum... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Wichita, Kansas
Worth the trip!!

Our car broke down outside of Hays, KS. We found ourselves stranded in Hays for 3 days. It is a... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2017
Westminster, Colorado
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Part of the Fort Hays State University, the museum is dedicated to collecting and preserving plant and animal specimens pertaining to the Great Plains.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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3000 Sternberg Dr, Hays, Hays, KS 67601-2006
+1 785-628-4286
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum has a good mixture of revolving exhibits and permanent exhibits. We knew this museum contained fossil exhibits from the time when Kansas used to be under the ocean. However, we were surprised by the many live animals that were on display and the...More

Thank ksufan88
Reviewed 4 October 2017

Our car broke down outside of Hays, KS. We found ourselves stranded in Hays for 3 days. It is a small town but this museum is fantastic. They have live exhibits, animatronic dinosaurs, tortoises, lots of fossils, luminescent minerals, etc. We strongly recommend this museum.

Thank jennmolloy
Reviewed 2 October 2017

The fossils are really interesting. The famous fish within a fish is a once in a lifetime find. The working dinosaurs are so much fun. It is great walking underwater through time.

1  Thank Jeannine B
Reviewed 13 September 2017

What a surprise to find this excellent museum on our overnight stay in Hays. The exhibits are very well done and quite interesting. There is something for all ages and don't miss the "fish within a fish" fossil, the rattlesnake exhibit, the poison dart frogs...More

Thank Nancy M
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

We visited the Sternberg on Labor Day Weekend, when they were having "Star Wars at the Museum " day. It was great fun for everyone to meet Star Wars characters, learn how dinosaurs influence the fictional animals we see in movies like the Star Wars...More

Thank Ainne U
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. My husband is a geology buff and the quality of the exhibits and explanations were perfectly done to allow a novice to appreciate the exhibit or a hobbyist to learn something new.

Thank judylynneshelman
Reviewed 10 August 2017

While Hays, Kansas is no more then a speck on any map, the Sternberg Museum of Natural History is a beacon, which shines brightly on the Plains of Kansas. A property of Fort Hays State University, the Sternberg Museum houses an impressive display of both...More

Thank DiamondDave50
Reviewed 8 August 2017

My family goes to Sternberg quite often. They have the regular displays which are wonderful and traveling exhibits. The discovery room is great for everyone not just kids. They have live animals that are fun to look at and lots of hands on items. Walking...More

Thank jeannineb538
Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

Husband and I had lots of free time while in Hays this trip. We enjoyed our time walking through the homes, guard house and block house. There were great displays set up inside each. Small, simple but very educational site! I would say it was...More

Thank Shari G
Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

Could spend all day here, so entertaining. It was set up well, had so many fossils, and taught us so much. Definitely worth the visit.

Thank Hailey G
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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
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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