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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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High Quality Exhibts - unique specimens

Highlight of this museum are the collections gathered by two generations of dinosaur hunters... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Robert D
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Emporia, Kansas
Exploring fossils and dinosaurs

I really enjoyed this museum. What a nice surprise in this quaint town. I spent about 3 hours... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Elizabeth B
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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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Reviewed 2 days ago

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.

Thank Robert D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is a favorite, and anytime a trip across Kansas puts us in proximity to Hays when the museum is open (and we can spare the time), I like to stop for a visit. What’s not to love? There’s over 100,000 square feet of...More

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Reviewed 31 December 2017

I visited the Sternberg Museum twice over a six month period (July and December of 2017) with my six year-old. The museum is cool: the main exhibit is a dome with animatronic dinosaurs. This is easily the coolest part of the museum. When we first...More

1  Thank papertrail2014
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Reviewed 7 December 2017

Being a big Sternberg fan I enjoyed all the exhibits pertaining to his work. Wished there was more though there is a lot. Excellent museum with excellent exhibits for all ages. The museum is handicap friendly as well as the the top floor being a...More

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Reviewed 22 October 2017

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

1  Thank ksufan88
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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.

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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
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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
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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

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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
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