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Strataca, Hutchinson

4.8
#1 of 62 in Museums in Kansas
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. A visit to Strataca represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Hutchinson road trip planning site to plot your vacation.
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  • October 4, 2017
    Had a great time going down into the salt mine. It was awesome seeing the inside of a mine and seeing how they can process it for use on our roads. It was also cool knowing I was 670 feet under ground...  more »
  • September 21, 2017
    This tour totally exceeded my expectations. From the time we entered the hoist and descended 650 feet into the mine until we left, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and learned a ton. The self-paced exhibit...  more »
  • September 20, 2017
    A very interesting and unique experience. It's great for those interested in geology, mining or just something you have never done before.  more »
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  • June 20, 2017
    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.
  • July 4, 2017
    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.
  • June 2, 2017
    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.
  • June 28, 2017
    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.
  • July 7, 2017
    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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