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Strataca, Hutchinson

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#2 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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  • So, this is a museum about the development of salt over millions of years and how it has been mined. Sounds like it might not be very cool, but it IS! You go down 600+ feet underground and see the his...  more »
  • No children under age 4 are allowed in the mine. Available discount for seniors, Military, Reno county residences plus you get an additional discount if you visit the Cosmosphere within ten days. Goin...  more »
  • Hutchinson is the salt capital of the US, with three major salt companies being located there. Unlike the other two, Strataca mines salt from a 275 million year old source 650 feet below ground. The s...  more »
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  • It was a nicely built museum with artifacts dating back to the early 1900s. The train ride was interesting and so was the dark ride. The driver for the dark ride was a really funny guy! And was very well informed as well. Had a great time overall
  • If you are an adventurous, nature lover, curious or would like to see something different of our earth, you should go this place to discover a different world, pure silence and darkness decorated with multilayer deposit of salts rooted to million years ago. The tour is flavored with great staffs and tour guides. You would enjoy.
  • Excellent museum. A one of a kind experience. Definitely worth a stop. You can spend 3-4 hrs easily if you enjoy reading and history. Underground train and Dark Ride are worth it. I am going to go back at some point to do the Dark Walk. Overall a good quality experience.
  • We had a Wonderful experience. The guides were thorough. The demonstrations were educational end entertaining. The fact this is nearly a hundred year old working mine is incredible. There is much history. As a bonus, there are some movie artifacts displayed from part of the underground storage business. Take the time to read, watch & ride it all. We were there for 2 1/2 hours and could have stayed longer but had a schedule to keep. Well worth our stop! Thanks for a great experience!
  • Very cool place to tour. Highly recommend the stop! Plan for a few hours here to see everything

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