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Strataca, Hutchinson

#1 of 153 in Museums in Kansas
Must see · 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. 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 tour was so interesting. We did the train ride and dark ride. The cost was very reasonable and the staff was extremely knowledgeable. It was definitely our highlight of our visit to Kansas.  more »
  • Very good tour. Guide was able to answer my questions. It isn't everyday you get the chance to go 650 feet underground into a salt mine. Not for the claustrophobic. I don't know that I would do it....  more »
  • Excellent experience for most all ages. Superb value for the money. Super friendly staff! NOTE: We highly advise you add the “Safari Shuttle” experience for an extra $12 (or so). It is well worth the money. It is a sort of behind the scenes tour taking you deep into the original parts of the mine.. untouched and unspoiled, as it’s been for decades. You will feel and know what it’s like to be a miner! But even if you don’t add the Safari ride, the regular admission is still a great experience and will take you into a limited part of the “dark” areas of the mine. Overall.. this is a experience you will never forget!
  • Really liked all the information they have for you to read and learn about. We loved the gift store and the workers are so helpful and nice!! I would recommend older children to vist. The movie vault is awesome and amazing to wonder through. To think is you are born in Kansas your birth certificate is in that same area. Make sure you arrive early to have the most time possible.

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