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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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Amazing activity!

There is a lot of great information about both the fossils and Kansas's archaeological past. It has... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
photoshop101
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Boston, Massachusetts
Such a Gem!!!

I've been going to Sternberg Museum ever since it was first located on campus, many many years ago... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
melissa h
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Austin, Texas
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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
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+1 785-628-4286
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"great stop"
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"on display"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a lot of great information about both the fossils and Kansas's archaeological past. It has expanded since it moved off of campus. It is great for both kids and adults. The replicas of all the dinosaurs amazed even my teenagers.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been going to Sternberg Museum ever since it was first located on campus, many many years ago. I've since moved from Hays and was so happy when they moved the museum to the much larger dome! It got the home it always deserved. The...More

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Reviewed May 6, 2018

We've been missing out on this museum for years and this time we made it a point to be there when it was open and made it our first a.m. stop of the day. Excellent and beautifully done with great staff.

Thank CM W
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Reviewed April 19, 2018 via mobile

We took a one year old and a two year old. We spent a good hour on the 3rd floor. Lots for tiny hands to explore!

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Reviewed April 13, 2018

No doubt the rest of the museum is amazing, but since I spent two hours with the rattlesnakes, I can't personally attest to anything but the excellence of that particular exhibit and the knowledge of the curator, herpetologist Curtis Schmidt, who took the time to...More

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Reviewed April 12, 2018

I-70 Hayes Kansas has one of the best Natural History Museums (DINO'S) in the world not counting the Natural History Museum in London England. To truly understand the formation of the current U.S.A. one should pick up the Book "Oceans of Kansas Paleontology". While there...More

Thank DALE M
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Reviewed March 26, 2018

From the start of our visit, it was great! The people at the welcome desk were friendly and helpful. The museum was incredible. We were very excited about the dinosaurs. My son plays Ark Survival, so these displays connected it together. It is a must...More

Thank Clipperetta
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Reviewed March 16, 2018

We were traveling across Kansas and even from the road the children got excited about the place! Along with being an intriguing shape, this museum has SO much to it that kept our family of four busy for almost two hours. The fossils are local...More

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Reviewed February 20, 2018

Highlight of this museum are the collections gathered by two generations of dinosaur hunters. Especially the 15 ft fossil of one fish dinosaur showing a recently swallowed lunch.

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Reviewed February 4, 2018 via mobile

I really enjoyed this museum. What a nice surprise in this quaint town. I spent about 3 hours walking through exhibits and learning about Kansas millions of years ago under water. The museum's namesake was a famous archeologist and his findings are some on display....More

Thank Elizabeth B
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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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January 10, 2015|
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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
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