Sternberg Museum of Natural History

Exhibit: February 2019 - august 2019


Walk through full-scale jaws into a 60-foot-long Megalodon sculpture and befine to explore the story of this fantastic ancient creature - its size, structure, diet, lifespan, relatives, neighbors, evolution, extinction and the science that continues to reveal Megalodon's tale. Tooth-shaped island units support interpretive materials, which include graphics, hands-on components, and family-friendly interactives. The exhibit is object-rich, including numerous fossil specimens from several collections, and life-size and scale models of other fossil and modern sharks.


In terms of scientific holdings, the Sternberg Museum of Natural History ranks among the best of natural history museums. No other state university the size of Fort Hays State has a natural history museum comparable in size and scientific importance as the Sternberg. Our collections include one of the finest assemblies of Pteranodon material, the largest collection of fossil grass seeds, and a truly outstanding collection of Cretaceous marine and Neogene terrestrial vertebrate fossils. These are complemented by excellent collections of modern biological material, remarkable mammals, reptiles, and plants.

Discovery Room

Sternberg Museum of Natural History believes in the power of hands-on learning and puts it into practice in their Discovery Room. With real specimens from the Great Plains, children will have the freedom to formulate questions and look for the answers inside the room. Sternberg hopes that visitors will learn the value of the discovery process and use it throughout their 

Contact Information


3000 Sternberg Drive
Hays, Kansas 67601




(April - September)
Monday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
Tuesday-Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

(October - March)
Tuesday-Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.