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Art and the Animal

Art and the Animal is now at the Sternberg Museum!

Only here for a limited time! April 2019 – August 2019!

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Sternberg Museum’s 20th Anniversary Event

It was 20 years ago; Fort Hays State University’s Sternberg Museum of Natural History was getting its finishing touches as the staff prepared it for its grand re-opening in early March of 1999. Opening day was going to be exciting, and the museum staff felt they were ready for the day, or so they thought. What they didn’t prepare for was a blizzard that produced 12 inches of snow. In spite of its cold start, the Sternberg Museum has been a hot spot for the locals and visitors. Over the years, the museum has hosted many traveling exhibits and community events. It holds large specimen collections from fossils to current wildlife, but most of all it holds fond memories for everyone who has worked, volunteered, or visited the museum.

To celebrate the museum’s 20th anniversary since its grand re-opening, for one day only our admission prices will be what they were back in 1999, $4.00 a person. A 20% off discount sale will also be in our gift shop. Talks about the museum will be presented that afternoon, followed by a presentation on Africa, by Curtis Schmidt and guest speaker Marilyn Wasinger. The event starts on Sunday, March 17th, 2019 from 1 pm to 5 pm. Come out and celebrate 20 years of discovery under the dome!


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Summer Hours

 The Sternberg Museum will be switching to summer hours March 11th



Mons-Sat 9am-6pm
Sunday 1pm-6pm


Adults (age 13-59) $9
Youths (age 4-12) $6
Senior Citizens (60+) $8
FHSU Students (w/valid ID) $5

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Museum Closed Saturday Feb. 23

The Sternberg Museum of Natural History will be closed Saturday, February 23 due to inclement weather. It will reopen Sunday, February 24.

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Megalodon the Largest Shark that Ever Lived is now at the Sternberg Museum!

Only here for a limited time!   February 2, 2019 – September 2, 2019


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Holiday Hours

The Sternberg Museum will be closed the following days in observance of the Holiday Season.

Thanksgiving Day: November 22

Christmas Eve: December 24

Christmas Day: December 25

New Year’s Eve: December 31

New Year’s Day: January 1

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Spooktacular 2018

Bring your bags, buckets, barrels, pillow cases, whatever you can find to fill with you this Halloween Spooktacular from 3:30-5PM. Come to the Sternberg Museum for an afternoon of tricks and treats! Eagle TV will be here to hand out candy and prizes! Be sure to come dressed in your best costume to see the surprises in store!

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Book a Tour

Come to the Sternberg Museum and experience a tour with experienced staff.

Group Tours (min. of 12 people) are available as a part of the Sternberg experience.

Guided tours last anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours, after which participants are welcome to spend any additional amount of time they wish visiting the museum at leisure.

Or let us bring the Museum to you.  Book an outreach program and let us bring the excitement and grandeur of the Museum to your students, group, corporate gathering, or assembly of people.  We offer a multitude of programs and educational activities to meet any need.  Our programs are available to anyone from schools, to libraries, to any other group.

Click on our NEW link to book your tour or outreach event today!

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Adventures and Activities

After school science activities for K-4 students.


Tuesdays from 3:30-5:00pm when USD 489 is in session, starting August 28th.
Pickup time is from 5:00-5:15pm.
Registration forms must be turned in before first attendance.

Attendance Fees:
$7 a day for non-members, $5 a day for members

An adult must accompany children under 5. Snacks are provided. Students can be dropped off at the Museum by a parent or guardian. Students must be picked up by a parent or guardian between 5:00pm and 5:15pm. You can download the registration paperwork by clicking here. Registration is required in advance of the student’s first attendance. For details about the shuttle service, and on how to register your student for Adventures and Activities, contact our Outreach Coordinator, Ian Trevethan at

Schedule for Fall 2018:

August 28 – Introduction

September 4 – Sound

September 11 – Energy

September 18 – Force

September 25 – Planets

October 2 – Weather

October 9 – Plants

October 16 – Ecosystems

October 23 – Earth Systems

October 30 – Halloween Science

November 6 – Rocks

November 13 – Fossilization

November 20 – Thanksgiving Science

November 27 – Inheritance and Variation

December 4 – Engineering

December 11 – Human Impact

December 18 – Conclusion


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‌Online video chat-based classroom programs‌

From April 2018 through the end of the current school year, our Camps Director David Levering will be offering free question-and-answer online video chat sessions for middle and high school classes and school science clubs! These are available via Google Hangouts and Skype.

These programs allow students to explore their own curiosities in the earth and life sciences through self-designed lines of inquiry. Common themes include:
– Geology
– Biology
– Paleontology
– Field science
– College strategies in STEM
– Career paths in the earth and life sciences
– Pursuing honors projects in earth and life sciences

For more information about setting up a video-chat Q&A session, contact David at, or by phone at 785-639-5249.