Sternberg Museum of Natural History

Current Exhibits

Permian Monsters

Beginning Saturday, May 27, get a glimpse at what life was like before the greatest mass extinction of all time. You will have the opportunity to travel back in time to the super continent, Pangea, when bizarre reptiles and amphibians ruled the Earth, 50 million years before dinosaurs first graced the planet. Interact with animatronic Permian creatures and set your sights on skeletons of these magnificent beasts for yourself. This unique expedition closes Labor Day weekend.
Sternberg Museum PermianMonsters - Exhibit
Sternberg Museum PermianMonsters - Exhibit 2


In terms of scientific holdings, the Sternberg Museum of Natural History ranks among the best of natural history museums. No other state university the size of Fort Hays State has a natural history museum comparable in size and scientific importance as the Sternberg. Our collections include one of the finest assemblies of Pteranodon material, the largest collection of fossil grass seeds, and a truly outstanding collection of Cretaceous marine and Neogene terrestrial vertebrate fossils. These are complemented by excellent collections of modern biological material, remarkable mammals, reptiles, and plants.

Discovery Room

Sternberg Musem of Natural History believes in the power of hands-on learning and puts it into practice in their Discovery Room. With real specimens from the Great Plains, children will have the freedom to formulate questions and look for the answers inside the room. Sternberg hopes that visitors will learn the value of the discovery process and use it throughout their 

Contact Information


3000 Sternberg Drive
Hays, Kansas 67601




Monday-Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.