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Sternberg Museum of Natural History

2701 Sternberg Dr, Hays, Kansas 67601 USA

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“One of the best natural history museums”

The Sternberg Museum of Natural History ranks among the best natural history museums. No other state university the size of Fort Hays State University has a natural history museum comparable in size and scientific importance to this museum's holdings.

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Reviewed by
BenSokoloff

  • 58 Reviews
  • 31 Helpful
May 18, 2016
Rated 3.0

Interesting museum but don't be fooled by the picture on road trippers (because that is not the Sternberg.) You won't see any large terrestrial dinosaur fossils but they do have some incredible and fairly large aquatic dinosaur and terrestrial mammal fossils. We were a bit let down because we thought we'd see T. rex and we thought the museum would be bigger.

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Reviewed by
EmilyMorganStanton

  • 2 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
March 19, 2017
Rated 5.0

About a 1.5 hour stop if you're not going to read all the signs. They had quite a large collection of fossils, including some large aquatic animals. There were also live animals, including each species of rattlesnake native to the US.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
melissa.sokolinski

  • 7 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
November 10, 2014
Rated 5.0

Awesome stop. We never would have thought it would be so much fun but it really was. We pulled off the highway to stretch our legs. We spent over an hour up and walking around which was must needed. Awesome photo op and was only $8 to get in

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
AndreaJustice

  • 12 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
May 04, 2016
Rated 5.0

Great displays for all ages, the upstairs display (thru the cave) was a favorite. ASTC membership reciprocal entry.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Crashey

  • 12 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
August 06, 2019
Rated 5.0

Great little museum! We went with kids aged 5 months through 6 years and it was easy to navigate and kept them engaged. There were tons of fossils and live animals to look at. We didn’t stop to read many of the signs, but did look at everything and it took about 1.5 hours. The dinosaur exhibit on the top floor and the live snakes were a hit with the kids. It was also stroller friendly and had lots of benches and seating throughout the museum. Free admission if you have an ASTC museum membership.

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Reviewed by
amandavw13

  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 18, 2018
Rated 5.0

My kids loved this! Great place to stop enroute to CO. The dinosaurs on the third level move if you wait long enough (the t-Rex is watching you!). Good times!

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Reviewed by
pursuingthepeculiar

  • 4 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 13, 2018
Rated 5.0

It’s a great museum with wonderful exhibits! The fish within a fish is a real phenomenon. The animatronic Dino’s are cool. And the taxidermy is plentiful!

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Reviewed by
lkibiger

  • 6 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
February 12, 2018
Rated 5.0

Great stop for the kids to break up KS. Cool fossils and animatronics.

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Reviewed by
peachjam

  • 8 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 23, 2017
Rated 5.0

Fantastic place!!! Highly recommend the stop. One of the best places we stopped on our trip. It is small but what they have, they display and explain really well. This is not the smithsonian but it is a treasure!

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davideripp

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June 02, 2017
Rated 5.0

Great for kids .hands on discovery room is a dream for kids young and old. Best plan to spend a day to enjoy it all

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Sternberg Museum of Natural History

2701 Sternberg Dr
Hays, Kansas
67601 USA

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  • Sun: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Mon - Sat: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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