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Strataca, Hutchinson

4.8
#1 of 62 in Museums in Kansas
Specialty Museum Mine
Take a journey deep underground to discover geological wonders and the past and present of salt mining at Strataca. The museum is set within a closed portion of the Hutchinson Salt Company mine, which was opened in 1923 and still produces over half a million tons of salt every year. The trip on the 5,443 kg (6 ton) double-decker hoist takes you to a depth of 200 m (650 ft), opening up a world of subterranean attractions: museum exhibits, old and modern machinery, and various tours through the mine's chambers. Regardless of the weather on the surface, the temperature inside the mine is always around 20 C (68 F) year-round, so be sure to bring appropriate clothes. Choose from a variety of tour options; you can check out the complete list of offerings online. Take a look at our Hutchinson itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Strataca and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Grandparents with teenagers had a good time. Lots of walking but there are train rides and the Safari Express was worth extra pay. Nice time and learned a lot about salt amd mining I general. Probably...  more »
  • This tour is well worth the trip- did the $19 dollar tour and didn't regret it at all- once in a lifetime trip 650 feet down!  more »
  • Had never visited a salt mine before, but must say very interesting. Worth a stop when in Hutchinson. Staff is very friendly, knowledgeable and fun. Kids would really like this if not afraid of the da...  more »
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  • This museum is the definitive underground adventure. The mine has been remodeled dramatically and is now filled with artifacts and other remnants from the mine. They also include detailed Kansas history lessons and geological data relevant to the area. Tickets include guided train and tram rides, and the company showcases many unique events throughout the year. The price could be cheaper, but I imagine it will still be the best few hours you have ever spent in an active salt mine.
  • While visiting a salt mine sounds pretty boring... It was actually a really cool way to spend the afternoon. And for any fan's of the Fallout series of video games - you'll appreciate a lot of what's underground. The climate down there has preserved everything that isn't metal (even the trash) perfectly - and I can almost guarantee the designers of fallout have used sites like this to model their in game environments.
  • This place ROCKS!!!!! 600+ ft under the earth. Salt mine from the past and currently actively mined. Pitch-black, underground train ride...100 yr-old soda cans and other Hollywood memorabilia stored in this mine. It is worth the drive and cost. Last guide tour starts at 3pm. Prepare for a 2 hr tour.
  • Amazing place fit for all ages! The mine is set up perfectly for individuals & groups. Every employee from the front counter to the bottom dwellers are professionals in all aspects. Truly a 1st class operation in every detail.
  • Went as a field trip with children ranging from ages 6-11. We were not informed that we needed to be there super early. They rushed us along, not allowing for proper safety of our children. The rest of the experience was okay. The children enjoyed it.

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