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Strataca Kansas Underground Salt Museum Hutchinson

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Strataca Kansas Underground Salt Museum
3424 East Ave G
Hutchinson
KS
67501
Tel: 620-662-1184

Where are we going today?

We've all visited museums, and we love them, because we learn so many new and cool things! But have you visited a museum that was 650 feet below the surface of the earth? No? Well, you might want to visit the Kansas Underground Salt Museum, now known as Strataca!

The area underground was actually formed about 275 MILLION years ago, when the Permian Sea dried up (didn't know there was a sea in Kansas did you? There's just one of the many cool facts you will learn on your visit!).  This was one of the largest in the world, and it deposited salt for 27,000 square miles in central and south-central Kansas!

There is still very pure salt found in the area today, and it's still being mined!

Strataca was created to preserve and present the history of the Hutchinson salt to family's just like yours, and now it's an amazing attraction that takes you underground to explore around 100,000 square feet of galleries, all telling the story of salt from the earliest known use, to present day! 

The tours will take you to some pretty cool places in the museum. You will explore galleries to find out exactly what it would have been like to be a miner, and learn all about bacteria that slept for 250 million years in rock, then was woken up in 1999 and now helps scientists learn about life on Mars!

Kids will love heading into the raw portion of the salt mine where everything is still pretty much the same as it was 50 years ago, and this narrated tour will make you feel like you are back in the 1940s and 50s again!

Strataca isn't all under ground. There are engines that you can see that were part of antique trains.

An underground adventure with a difference. Don't forget to take your piece of salt home with you either!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$12.50 - $19
  • Children$7.50 - $12.50
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

9am - 5pm Tues to Sat. 1pm - 5pm Sundays.

Closed Mondays.

Teachers corner

They have 90 mins to 2 hour field trips for students K to 12, and these include guided tours, souvenir piece of salt and lots of fun!.

Any Top Tips?

Check out the ticket options, because there are various passes you can get for different experiences.

Doing our bit

Safety is a concern of theirs, so if you see any regulations or rules, please follow them - they are for your own good! .

Need a little extra help?

The shuttle isn't wheelchair accessible, and the train ride isn;t handicap accessible. .

Can I get one of those?

You can take a souvenir piece of salt, and there is also a gift shop where you can pick up merchandise, as well as great educational items such as books and DVDs!.

More information

No kids under 4 years are allowed underground .

What people are saying?

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    This is a place I will never forget. Located just a bit above Wichita KS, this museum was one ..possibly... the coolest experience of my life. You ride down an elevator 650 feet underground. Many displays, cool hands on exhibits, and many photo opportunities. The best part..? The Staff!!! Very friendly, very knowledgeable, and very much seemed to enjoy their jobs and sharing information about the mine and it's fascinating history. This is the best customer service I have ever received. Definitely buy the 3 in 1 pass which includes the dark ride...Read More

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    Very cool. It helps make up for the lack interesting tourist sites in Kansas. It was really interesting being far underground in the area of Kansas I grew up in. It's amazing that the tunnels there go on for miles and miles.

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    This is an awesome experience. I would highly recommend seeing this if you are in Hutchinson. Though plan on spending a minimum 4 hours , I was there 5 hours, if you do both train rides, and read the material. To be that far underground, and see all the salt, was a very educational and awe inspiring experience. I don't think I could be a miner though, I like sunlight.

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    Great place. The whole family loved it. I do suggest to plan on spending at least 6 hours if you want to take time to see and read all the displays, and take both the rides. But, you can make it in a lot less time if that's your way. They even have scooters and wheelchairs for anyone who needs, and they are free of charge (first come first serve). If you're around Hutchinson, Ks it is a must see.

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    I went to the Underground Salt Museum when I was 11. It was really cool going down the elevator into the salt mine. The whole place is lit up, but if you didn't have the lights, you'd never find your way back! You were able to chip some salt rocks out of a wall if you pleased and take it home (as long as it was reasonably sized). I couldn't fully appreciate the props and costumes form the older movies on display there, (hey, I was only 11!) but looking back, it really was neat to see George Clooney's Batsuit (Batnipples and all) and Dorothy's ruby...Read More

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by Jarred S

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This is a place I will never forget. Located just a bit above Wichita KS, this museum was one ..possibly... the coolest experience of my life. You ride down an elevator 650 feet underground. Many displays, cool hands on exhibits, and many photo opportunities. The best part..? The Staff!!! Very friendly, very knowledgeable, and very much seemed to enjoy their jobs and sharing information about the mine and it's fascinating history. This is the best customer service I have ever received. Definitely buy the 3 in 1 pass which includes the dark ride and train ride for only cost a few dollars extra than the standard pass! This place is a must go!!

by Nikolas Stout

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I went to the Underground Salt Museum when I was 11. It was really cool going down the elevator into the salt mine. The whole place is lit up, but if you didn't have the lights, you'd never find your way back! You were able to chip some salt rocks out of a wall if you pleased and take it home (as long as it was reasonably sized). I couldn't fully appreciate the props and costumes form the older movies on display there, (hey, I was only 11!) but looking back, it really was neat to see George Clooney's Batsuit (Batnipples and all) and Dorothy's ruby slippers.

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