Discover the Really Wild West with the Sternberg Museum of Natural History

From gorilla art to prehistoric elephants, the Sternberg Museum of Natural History is celebrating the Wild West Fest with a variety of exhibits.

Activities will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, June 30, Saturday, July 1, Sunday, July 2, and Tuesday, July 4, in the Discovery Room.

Handled by a facilitator, people will have a chance to be up close and personal with Kansas' non-venomous snakes and a few snake babies with the eggs from which they hatched. People will also be shown teeth from venomous and non-venomous snakes and have a chance to view the internal structure of a preserved dissected snake and a snake skeleton.

The "Elephants!" exhibit will also be available for viewing. "Elephants!" covers a 50-million-year history of the elephant through an interactive adventure. It explores the evolution of the elephant from the Ice Age to present day by looking at fossils and the importance of the elephant to cultures around the world.

Another must-see exhibit is "Gorilla Art," a collection of creative art work by gorilla Koko and friends. Their works are representational images of their surroundings and colorful interpretations of their emotions.

"Ancient Microworlds" marries paleontology with photography in an intriguing exploration of past ages of life. Giraud Foster and Norman Barker have developed innovative high-magnification photographic techniques and painstakingly selected the remarkable specimens that make their spectacular images unique. It is an ancient world as artfully beautiful as it is scientifically engaging.

Members and children 3 and under are admitted free. Admission for the general public is $3 for FHSU students (with ID), $4 for youth (4-12) and seniors (60 and over) and $6 for adults (13-59).

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