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Sternberg Museum of Natural History

Open Now: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Open today: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
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Amazing Natural History Museum

Traveling through town we stopped and visited with a friend who lives in Hays. If you like natural... read more

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Dallas, Texas
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Educational and fun

Had a nice time visiting the Sternberg museum in hays Kansas. My kids love the moving dinasours on... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Shawn C
Russell, Kansas
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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.
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3000 Sternberg Dr, Hays, Hays, KS 67601-2006
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Reviewed today via mobile

Traveling through town we stopped and visited with a friend who lives in Hays. If you like natural history (archeological, botanical and evolutionary) you’ll love this place. Very educational with displays that describe things in depth. An added bonus is a very nice gift shop...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had a nice time visiting the Sternberg museum in hays Kansas. My kids love the moving dinasours on the second floor. And the kids learning room has so much to teach with hands-on displays

Thank Shawn C
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very good mid-sized museum with an emphasis on Kansas natural history. The highlight is the fish-within-the fish but the museum has a wide variety of exhibits. Kids will love the third floor dinosaur show.

Thank Leon67203
Reviewed August 12, 2018

The Sternberg Museum has a wonderful background related to the history of paleontology with members of the Sternberg family discovering important fossils around the world. Eventually one Sternberg was associated with Fort Hays State University's natural history museum. Through a series of fortunate events this...More

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Reviewed August 11, 2018

This museum has many exhibits of fossils found in Kansas, which I found fascinating as I live in Kansas and was not aware of our fossil history. There is activities for children to do and see. The children I saw were well engaged and interactive...More

Thank cwolfe406
Reviewed August 6, 2018

Kids get to actually did for large simulated dino bones in a sizeable sandpit. This museum is well worth the stop...

Thank Mark D
Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

educational, nice employees, very good looking exhibits all the time. me and my family love going here on days off.

Thank itsgillianmae
Reviewed July 30, 2018

This was a very nice museum and really impressed us. It was great for everyone from kids to adults. They reciprocate with ASTC museum memberships from other places too!

Thank Jana L
Reviewed July 30, 2018

I had no knowledge about the fossils of Kansas. The display included information about the local fossils as well as the timeline of life in general, and a rock/mineral display including a blacklight display. Loved it!

Thank Sharon F
Reviewed July 14, 2018 via mobile

If you are in Hays or driving through this is a must stop! Fun for everyone! Took my 4 kids ages 12, 10, 7, 6. Lots of exhibits- dinosaur, rattlesnake, bugs(including huge animated ones). In addition to the hands on things at each exhibit the...More

Thank Shawna 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