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Strataca, Hutchinson

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#1 of 107 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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  • This was a fun experience for my family. My daughters and two of my granddaughters from out of state were with me. The granddaughters really enjoyed the tour. The highlight was the tram ride. They lea...  more »
  • We visited Strataca this past Saturday and drove nearly two hours to get there. We did the $19 Salt Blast Pass and added on The Salt Safari. In the Salt Blast Pass you get one train ride and a dark ri...  more »
  • This is something everyone should do once. Fascinating tour! Well done and some walking at your own pace followed by narrated tram tour through the salt mine tunnels.  more »
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  • This place is AMAZING! Every guide was knowledgeable and took time to answer questions. The entire place is so vast and so many fun things to see and do. Spend the money to do the full experience (shuttle), you won't regret it! When asked (8&10yr old kiddos) on a scale of 1-10 how much they enjoyed this place, they scored it an 11! The entire experience is 3-4hrs, and no one was ever bored.
  • Fabulous. I took 2 twelve year olds and we did both the trains and loved it. The staff was amazing. They were so knowledgeable and friendly. Kids loved picking out their own salt rocks and wearing the hard hats. We want to come back and do the Safari ride.
  • We had an absolute blast at the Hutchinson salt Museum! We have been twice in the last month. Both trips were amazing! I took my youngest & oldest daughter during the first trip, and my three middle kiddos during the second. It really is fun for everyone. The museum is fascinating; we enjoyed the different learning experiences from both of the rides at Strataca. On the first ride, we got to learn about the history of the museum itself and the miners. On the second ride, we got to check out some of the salt formations and learn exactly how salt is mined. We got to go to the gift shop afterwards, where there are some really awesome reasonably priced gifts and souvenirs! Exhibits were fun and informative. The staff is awesome, and our guide was sweet and did really well with children.
  • Well worth the money and time. Paid extra for the Safari shuttle and it was worth it. Guides were very informative. Very quiet at this time of the year so had our own guide. Be ready to spend several hours. If you plan on visiting the cosmosphere, bring your Strataca receipt and you get a $5.00 discount.
  • It was super cool and the tour was way relaxed. You just wandered and took the two rides when you wanted and went back up when you wanted... Plus whoop doesn't want to be in the Disney vault (you don't get to see it but if you look there are tv shows and movies we all know in boxes example: Friends)
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