Time’s running out. Gas is sky high.
Enjoy a ‘stay-cation’ at the Sternberg Museum
07/24/08 kb statewide
HAYS, Kan. -- Summer still has a month to go, and for those looking for something out of the ordinary that doesn’t take a lot of expensive gas to get to, the Sternberg Museum of Natural History has a travel bargain for the region.
“T. rex cetera: Dinosaurs and Other Mesozoic Monsters” is a spectacular exhibit of fossil casts, including almost 30 free-standing, full-skeleton exhibits ranging from Stan, at 70 percent the world’s second-most complete tyrannosaur, to a tiny predator called Bambiraptor. These specimens include creatures of air, land and sea. The original fossils were found on five continents.
The rear section of the museum’s Hansen Gallery is devoted to creatures of the sea, with a grouping of complete, free-standing skeletons and a monstrous Cretaceous period crocodile head -- the skull alone is about the size of a small refrigerator -- found in Texas.
The exhibit has 40 skull exhibits and bones and two panel exhibits, one of which, from China, shows a raptor and an herbivore locked in what looks like a struggle that killed them both.
The exhibit opened May 24 and will close March 29, 2009.
The Sternberg Museum is one of many possible adventures on the Amazing 100 Miles – “4,000 square miles of history, attractions and culture” -- between Salina and Hays and points north and south of Interstate 70.
Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday. The museum is closed on Mondays. Admission for non-members is $6 for adults (ages 13 to 59), $4 for seniors (60 and over) and youths (ages 4 through 12), and $3 for FHSU students with student ID. Admission is free for museum members and children age 3 and under.
Memberships range from the $20 annual Student Membership (for K-12 or FHSU students) up through the $1,000 lifetime Pteranodon Club. Membership includes, among other benefits, free admission to the Sternberg and to more than 250 other museums and science centers worldwide, 10-percent discounts at the Sternberg Store, advance notice of museum programs, and invitations to members-only events.
For more information on membership, go to the Sternberg Museum Web site from the link on the fhsu.edu home page or call (785) 628-4286.