Sternberg Museum of Natural History

Current Exhibit

African Menagerie

The backstory of African Menagerie consists of a calculated subtext intended to dramatize the urgency of the moment to save not just the great iconic species of Africa, but also wildlife across all of our shrinkingly-diverse enironmentally-threatened planet.

In Brian Jarvi’s African Menagerie, a museum tour produced by David J. Wagner LLC, “seven large panoramic panels form a sweeping, grand panorama of the African savannah and the animal kingdom contained therein.” Jarvi’s work was featured in an article by Todd Wilkinson written for the MAHB Art Blog: Wildlife Art as a Rallying Cry in a Time of Mass Extinction.
Sternberg Museum African Menagerie


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 Musem 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




Tuesday-Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.