Sternberg Museum of Natural History

3000 Sternberg Drive

Mission Statement:

The Sternberg Museum of Natural History advances an appreciation and understanding of Earth’s natural history and the evolutionary forces that impact it.  With an emphasis on the Great Plains, our goals are accomplished through research, publications, collections, interpretive exhibits, and educational programs created by our staff, colleagues, and community.


Aileen Curfman

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017

We needed a break while driving from Denver to Topeka. This looked like more than the usual roadside stop. It turned out to be an excellent museum featuring the natural history of central Kansas. Exhibits featured live reptiles in terrariums, dioramas showing what was in the area millions of years ago, and life size replicas of dinosaurs, including an animated T rex. A discovery room provides hands-on learning. We had to hit the road after 45 minutes, and we'll go back. Admission was $7 for seniors 60 and over, and well worth it.

Joe Douglas

Friday, Nov. 24, 2017

Great spot, perfect place for the kids to stretch their legs on a long drive. Impressive for the price and just a wonderful setup. Nice museum all the way around

Adam casey

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018

i am from New york city.. stationed in Fort Hood texas and long story short i have been to Tens and tens of meusums and Zoo's but this place was amazing! i had so much fun here as an adult and my 5 year old loved it. the snake collection was truly amazing i am glad i stopped in KS hays for a night to rest on my long road trip. i recommond this place to anyone who isnt afraid of snakes .. the discovery room was amazing and truly satisifting .. this place is underated for sure! relocate to NYC manhattan and this place would be booming

Kevin J. Brown

Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017

A very fun and educational organization for Kids and Adults of all ages. Don't forget to stop by the gift shop. The Staff and Volunteers are very friendly. Levi the Alligator snapping Turtle is in the front lobby as you come into the Museum.

Damon Lesjack

Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017

$9 for adults. A great place to stretch your legs and see something, anything, while driving through the state. Interesting fossils and displays showing Kansas life back when it was under the ocean.