Current Exhibitions

They’re here now, but they won’t be here forever. You won’t want to miss these great temporary exhibitions. 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. Be sure to check back to this web page to keep up to date on what’s at the Sternberg Museum.


Patterns in Nature By Clinton Marstall

Patterns in Nature III by Clinton Marstall

November 2019 – January 2020

In searching for a personal relationship with our natural environment and finding solace from observing patterns in nature, we can begin to understand the motivations of the artist, Clinton Marstall. Marstall is an MFA graduate in painting and printmaking from Fort Hays State University. He has exhibited throughout the Midwest. He currently lives and works as an artist in Kansas City, Missouri.

Marstall is the 2019 cover artist for the Journal of Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences. Richard Taylor, Professor of Physics at the University of Oregon, wrote an article describing Marstall’s inspiration and process titled, “Nature’s Fractal Similarities: Integrating Art and Science.” Taylor writes, “Nature serves as the unifying force in all of his creations…He integrates a number of biomorphic images into a unique amalgam of multi-scaled complexity.”

To learn more about Clinton Marstall and his exhibit, visit


Thomas D. Mangelsen: A Life in the Wild

September 21st, 2019 – December 29th, 2019
Catch of the Day, 1988, ©Thomas D. Mangelsen

Catch of the Day, 1988, ©Thomas D. Mangelsen

The Sternberg Museum is proud to host Thomas D. Mangelsen: A Life in the Wild. Mangelsen has spent over 40 years filming and photographing nature and wildlife from all over the world. His passion for nature began at an early age through his father who would take his sons along the Platte River in Nebraska to watch the migrating birds.  

Some of Mangelsen’s work has been featured in National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Life magazine, National Wildlife, Smithsonian, Natural History, Newsweek, Wildlife Art, American Photo, and Nature’s Best Photography. He was named 2011’s Conservation Photographer of the Year by Nature’s Best Photography, one of the 100 Most Important People in Photography by American Photo magazine, and one of the 40 Most Influential Nature Photographers by Outdoor Photography.  

Mangelsen: A Life in the Wild is an exhibition containing 40 of Mangelsen’s most resonant images. His passion for nature and his pursuit of the “perfect picture moment” has led him to capture stunning images of animals in their natural habitat. These images give viewers a small glance into the lives of species, whose struggle for survival is iconic, invoking a better understanding of life in the wild.

To learn more about Thomas D. Mangelsen and his work, visit the exhibit website at

THOMAS D. MANGELSEN – A LIFE IN THE WILD, Produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C.

Rattlerssss: From Fear to Fascination

September 1st, 2012 – August 31st, 2018

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.