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Strataca, Hutchinson

(4.8/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • This venue can be the high light of your visit to Hutchinson .It is well lighted, with level walking areas . Plenty of time to view the displays,l while the kids can enjoy the optional Trolley ride th...  more »
  • This is a great place to go for the family as long as your kids are older than 6. It was really cool to go that far under ground and they send home a little piece of the salt mine with you. 
  • Ride down 650 feet below the earth's crust and explore a salt mine. Walk around and learn more about the history of the mine and see artifacts. Due to stable environmental conditions the mines have be...  more »
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  • This is a great destination for Kansas. Don't miss this museum and don't lick the walls.
  • My third time here. They keep adding to the museum and making it worth coming back. The only downfall is that of all the times I've been, the exhibit for the vault storage has not changed at all. Would be nice to see some new additions
  • This place is 650 feet underground! There is an interactive mine tour also in which you can see the salt which makes up the mine and the history of the mine as well. There are also real props from famous movies there. Even though it feels claustrophobic, it's a cool place to visit.
  • We had a fantastic experience at Strataca with our 5-year-old daughter (you have to be at least 5, by the way). They had a lovely lobby to wait for the tour to start. We watched a short video about the salt mine, put on hardhats, and filed into a two-story elevator to go down 650 feet in 90 seconds. Super fun. We were able to wander through the interactive exhibit, which my 5-year-old enjoyed a lot actually. She watched all the videos and really liked seeing the old equipment. We then road an old train for about 15 minutes. Then we did the Dark Ride, which was on a comfy tram and had a great tour guide named Mary. Cool thing about the Dark Ride is that they let you take home a palm-sized piece of the salt and tell you how to preserve it. Apparently the mine does a Murder Mystery Party occasionally, and that sounded like a blasty blast. Oh, yeah... Don't forget that they house a lot of movie and TV films in the underground vault. Anyway, we loved our experience at Strataca. The perfect 68 degrees was lovely, and it was nice to do something still in nature even when it is rainy outside.
  • Fantastic! Had a great time finding out about the what it takes to mine salt from the past to present. They also go though a bit about another use for the salt mine - archival and preservation (documents, movies, film, anime cell, etc.). You travel about 650 feet underground, it is a great place to spend an afternoon, especially if you want to escape the heat. For those of you sensitive to the cold, you may want to bring a light sweater.