Welcome to the Sternberg Museum of Natural History!

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About Sternberg

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.

The Museum


Be sure the check out the current list of temporary exhibits and pay us a visit before they're gone!

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Sternberg Science Camps

Outdoor exploration is at the heart of our science camps and programs. Getting students outside interacting with nature, each other and instructors helps to anchor our lessons with powerful firsthand experiences. We look forward to sharing the wonder of science and exploration with you this summer!

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Brandon Schmidt

“This trip, overall, was the greatest life changing experience for me. It was like being so far away from all my troubles and so close to nature, and it gave me a sense of fulfillment. I like to say that it took nine days and 2,800 miles in total to make me feel as though I’m certain that I want to dedicate my life to biology and the natural sciences.”

Brandon Schmidt

Southwest Wildlife Biology Camp (2018, 2019)

Addison Lacy

“This camp was a great experience. I especially enjoyed taking a hike to the paleosols in John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. Ever since I was three years old, I’ve wanted to go into the field of paleontology. Going to camp really helped me see how much I love learning about paleontology and geology, and expand my knowledge on these subjects.

Addison Lacy

Paleontology Explorers Oregon (2019, accepted for 2020)

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Animal Encounters


Your "Presents" is requested every day during the holiday break to meet our amazing critters! Location: In the Discovery Room in the Sternberg Museum of Natural History. Date: Every weekday December 21st-January 3rd Date Closed: December 24th, 25th, 26th, & 31st, and January 1st & 2nd Time: 10:3... more


New Species of Elasmosaur Recently Discovered in an Old Specimen


Hays KS – Science is always growing and changing, this is due to the dedicated individuals who continue to ask questions and search for answers. For paleontologists, Bruce A. Schumacher and Michael J. Everhart, Adjunct Curators for the Sternberg Museum of Natural History, their endeavor to understan... more


Reclaimed Creations


Sayaka Ganz utilizes reclaimed plastic objects such as discarded utensils, like brush strokes which appear visibly unified at a distance though separated at close proximity. She describes her style as “3D impressionism.” Sculptures in the exhibition include recent installations of animals in motion... more


Grandeur In This View


Grandeur In This View explores the intersection of art and science when taking a microscopic view of bones and teeth. Changes in lighting and magnification, and the application of filters, aid scientific interpretation while also constructing images that stimulate the imagination. In this 25-photogr... more

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