Current Exhibitions

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Current Exhibitions

They’re here now, but they won’t be here forever. And you won’t want to miss these great temporary exhibitions. So be sure to visit the museum soon and see them before they’re gone!

Pencil these exhibition dates into your calendar to help you plan your future visits. And be sure to check back to this web page to keep up to date on what’s at the Sternberg Museum.

Permian Monsters

May 27, 2017 – September 4, 2017 (This is the U.S. premiere of this exhibit)

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.


Enduring Roots,

December 3, 2016 – June 2, 2017

(colored pencil drawings by FHSU grad student, Gena Kearn)

Highly detailed, realistic illustrations of flowers combine with original, ornate Celtic cross designs in this exhibition of large colored pencil drawings. Gena Kearn, an artist and educator from Concordia, Kansas, created these works while earning her Masters of Liberal Studies with an emphasis in studio art from Fort Hays State University. For Kearn, the series provides an opportunity to integrate three elements that are integral to her identity—her love of flowers, her Irish heritage, and her Christian faith. As Kearn composed each drawing, she selected Celtic designs which have been attributed with meanings that she can merge with the symbolism of flowers through the lens of her Christian faith in an effort to use the “enduring roots” of her life to communicate a message of light, love, and hope.



Rattlerssss: From Fear to Fascination

Sep 1, 2012 through Aug 31, 2017

Rattlerssss is here! The Sternberg Museum has created a one-of-a-kind educational exhibit on the rattlesnakes of the United States entitled “Rattlerssss: From Fear to Fascination”. Over 40 species of rattlesnake are alive on the earth today, 22 of which occur somewhere in the United States.

This exhibit centers on the display of LIVE rattlesnakes,ranging from the gigantic Eastern Diamondback, to the extremely toxic Tiger Rattlesnake. Come learn about where these snakes occur, the habitats they live in, and the unique behaviors and adaptations of each species. Check in frequently, as the individual snakes in the display are regularly changed to show variations in color and pattern.