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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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Event Rental

Book a classroom or conference room for any party, event, or celebration!

Book a Tour

Dive deeper into the natural history of Kansas by booking a guided tour!

Sternberg Science Camps - Sternberg Museum Metaverse

Outdoor exploration is at the heart of our science camps and programs. Getting students outside interacting with nature, each other and instructors help to anchor our lessons with powerful firsthand experiences. We look forward to sharing the wonder of science and exploration with you this summer! Explore our virtual museum, fossil sites, and ecosystems in the Sternberg Museum Metaverse! Discover hidden passages in the musuem, uncover fossils in the fields, traverse the rainforest and see all the wonderful animals that live there! 

Sternberg Science Camps Information Into the Metaverse


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


Will You Be Our Valentine?


Come to the Sternberg Museum and give our critters some love on Saturday, February 11th, from 10 am to 12 pm. There will be animals set up around the Museum for people to meet and feed. The program is included with regular admission.... more


A Look Inside


Medical Diagnostic Imaging, such as X-rays and Computed Tomography (CT) scans, have recently become more affordable and available to non-medical academic researchers. They help to answer a variety of natural history questions. Scientists can use these images to examine the internal structures of pre... 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


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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