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Sternberg Museum of Natural History

Closed Now: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
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Tribute to evolution and rattlesnakes

If you like evolution and rattlesnakes, you'll thoroughly enjoy this well done museum! There are... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kimberly M
Arkansas City
Star Wars Theme

We arrived after the Star Wars Day. But the museum has a huge amount of displays and a comfortable... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Hays, 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, KS 67601-2006
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like evolution and rattlesnakes, you'll thoroughly enjoy this well done museum! There are fossils everywhere, plenty of space for kiddos, including an area just for them, and really, the largest collection of rattlesnakes I have ever seen.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Kimberly M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived after the Star Wars Day. But the museum has a huge amount of displays and a comfortable atmosphere. Definitely worth it with the family or to browse history by yourself.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed January 6, 2019

My husband, daughter and I visited the museum. When we went, there was a snake exhibit that my daughter loved. There was also a cool bug exhibit that had larger than life moving bugs, but my daughter was afraid of this one (she's 2). We...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed December 12, 2018

We always love to take thie kiddos here. They love to play in the kids room, climb the spider, and check out the snakes. There are always new exhibits. I would recommend getting the annual family pass you will find yourself going here all the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Sdeutschet
Reviewed October 23, 2018 via mobile

My 11 year old son and I spent 1 1/2-2 hours here on a cross country trip. The day was nippy so a museum was a good call. We learned much about the area, saw near fossils and geodes. My son also liked the hands...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 19, 2018

The old Sternberg exhibt was at the college. It was wonderful. The new one is even better. Do not miss the fish in the fish. No where in the US will you see this.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Senioronabudget
Reviewed October 9, 2018

Looking for things to do to break up the long (but really pretty and pleasant -- would be if it wasn't raining) drive across Kansas, this seemed a worthwhile stop. Sadly, of all the half-dozen or so musums I visited in the area, this was...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 22, 2018 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

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 20, 2018 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

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Shawn C
Reviewed September 15, 2018

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.

Date of experience: September 2018
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April 17, 2016|
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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