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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)

Latest News


Book Signing with Jill Hunting


THURSDAY. JUNE 16, 2022 | 6:00 PM Sternberg Museum of Natural History 3000 Sternberg Dr. Hays, KS 67601 Join Jill Hunting, the author of ‘For Want of Wings: A Bird with Teeth and a Dinosaur in the Family’ at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History in conversation with Mike Everhart, author of ‘Ocea... more


Defiance Brewing Co. and Sternberg Museum's Beer Collaboration


The Sternberg Museum of Natural History is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the discovery of the Fish-Within-a-Fish with Defiance Brewing Company’s latest creation Gillicus Island, named after the famous fossil. Gillicus Island is a wonderful New England-style IPA, loaded with Sabro, Citra, and M... more


Sunflower Summer Program


Do you have a student who is excited about dinosaurs and natural history? For a limited time, your students can visit the Sternberg Museum of Natural History for FREE thanks to the Kansas State Department of Education's Sunflower Summer program! All Kansas students, and up to two accompanying adults... more




Be the first to see the world premiere of Sahara Sea Monsters, an immersive exhibition transporting visitors through the prehistoric oceans of what is now the Sahara. Discover massive mosasaurs, terrifying trilobites, and other outlandish invertebrates. These creatures defy imagination and make up t... more

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