Sternberg Museum of Natural History

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Hays, Kansas, United States
This is one museum that would need many visits to really appreciate it's value. It's main emphasis is fossils and paleontology (The study of the forms of life existing in prehistoric or geologic times, as represented by the fossils of plants, animals, and other organisms.)

Very unusual buildings....used to be a workout gym facility completed with swimming pool and basketball courts.
So...let's go inside....
A wing had artists painting, drawings and sculpture. Amazing works.
They also had an exhibit called 'RATTLERSSSS: From Fear to Fascination" which had all 22 rattlesnakes that occur in the U.S. Here's a write-up....

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.
This was pretty cool but we had already gotten overwhelmed by the time we got to the rattlers so we only viewed a half dozen before bailing. Very educational displays on them.

Lastly, here's some vista photos of Kansas heading west from Topeka along I-70. Gotta love the openness.

If you plan on going here...reserve some time....or come in the morning, have lunch and return afternoon.
Steve and Kim

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Paul and Julie

Hays is my hometown. We moved there from Wichita when I was 3 and my folks lived there til after I finished undergrad. Many fond memories of childhood and high school in that town!