Sternberg Museum of Natural History
Backstory and Context
The museum got its start in the early 20th century. Many settlers in the area had gathered private specimen collections and some donated these to the university's predecessor, Kansas Normal College, which was founded in 1902. In 1915, the college hired George F. Stenberg to develop the museum, which at first was intended solely to be an academic research facility. His leadership greatly expanded the size and scope of the collection. Over time, the museum drew the attention of the public and more and more people came to visit. After Stenberg's death in 1969, the museum began to focus more on tourism and education, recognizing that the collection should be shared with the public. The need for more space prompted the move to the Metroplex in 1991.