Hays, Kansas: Famous Fish within a Fish Fossil

A fish, fossilized after just eating a smaller fish, which was also fossilized. "If you come through Kansas again you must see that fossil."

Sternberg Museum at Fort Hays University

Address:
3000 Sternberg Drive, Hays, KS
Directions:
Sternberg Museum at Fort Hays University. I-70 exit 159. Drive south, turn left on 27th St., drive about a mile, then turn left again on Sternberg Drive.
Hours:
T-Sa 9 am - 6 pm, Su 1-6pm. (Call to verify)
Phone:
785-628-4286
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Fish within a Fish Fossil

Besides the fish at the Sternberg Museum, there is an authentic shrunken head near the 2nd floor restrooms and an animatronic T-Rex on the 3rd floor.

[Liz, 07/30/2010]
Fish within a Fish Fossil

Sternberg Museum of Natural History in Hays (785-628-4286) opened in a new museum building in early 1999 and is devoted mainly to dinosaurs. What gives Sternberg its fame is one of the fossils old Mr. Sternberg discovered: the "fish within a fish" fossil. The actual fossil is on display, along with a diorama of Sternberg digging up the find. The museum is filled with life-sized models and murals of prehistoric creatures. Kids will like it more than adults, but even I, visiting alone, spent a good hour looking around. If you come through Kansas again you must see that fossil.

[Robert Collins, 12/07/2000]

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