The Museum

About the Museum

Your journey through the 64,000 square foot museum takes you around the world to experience the delicate symmetry between humans, animals and nature in seven unique regions from the arctic to the rainforest.

As you enter the Museum at Rolling Hills, you begin to sense something special. It’s just after sunrise, and even before you see the gathering pride of lions, you hear the birds and other sounds of the African plains. Our state-of-the-art animatronic human robots narrate stories of how they weave the thread of their existence into the delicate balance of life. As you move through the varieties of foliage and landscaping, you’ll see and hear the natural environments of each section of our world.

The Museum also features the Helen L. Graves Hideaway Hollow education center with hands-on interactive ways to explore and learn about the wonderful animals on our planet, and discover what surprises await you in our 2,000 square foot Earl Bane Gallery area.

From art shows to robotic bugs, something new and exciting will always be on exhibit in this area. 

Earl Bane Gallery

Your museum visit will be enhanced by a stop at the Earl Bane Gallery. This 2,000 sq. ft. room is dedicated solely to traveling exhibits. From wildlife art to hands-on interactive exhibits, the gallery offers guests something new and exciting that is constantly changing.

The opportunity to view any gallery exhibit is included with your admission. 


One fascinating aspect of the museum at Rolling Hills Zoo is the animatronics. Our animatronics are realistic robotic figures of humans. 

Throughout the museum's different ecosystems, several animatronics interact with one another and the viewer, and contribute dialogue about the delicate balance between man, wildlife and nature.

Some animatronics highlights in the museum include real life, historically accurate replicas of Native Americans, a Hindu snake charmer, American cowboys, Rainforest natives and hunting Eskimos.

Take your museum tour today and discover how people lived in different times and how they live in different cultures around the globe.

Thank You to our Sponsors:


Advantage Trust Company

A Friend of the Zoo

Arrow Printing, Inc.

Earl Bane Foundation

Hal J. & Eleanor L. Berkley & Family

Lila A. Berkley & Lila Jean Alexander

Ralph & Carolyn Bennett

Mark & Jane Berkley

Mike Berkley Family

Bennington State Bank

Capitol Federal Savings

Tom & Lou Ann Dunn

Ray & Debra Farmer

First Bank Kansas

R. E. "Bob" Garrison Family

Gary Gleason & The Gleason Family

Helen Graves

Marjorie Hamilton - by Brian Hamilton and Ron & Pat Bullock

Hampton & Royce, L.C.

Bob Haworth & Bren Schewe, Doug & Joanne Rodecap

Joe & Audrey Kroneberger

Randy & Cathy Krug

Marshall Motor Company

Don C. & Florence M. McCune Foundation

Aaron Morrison
In Memory of Mrs. Milton "Becky" Morrison

Richard & Sallie Morrison

Roger & Sissy Morrison

Marge Morrow & the late Norm Morrow, DVM

In Memory of "Blondie" - Jim Pangrac, Terry, Wendy & Butch

In Memory of John Bennet - Pepsi/Mahaska Bottling Company

For Lucy the Elusive Calico Chesire Cat - Percy

"The rainforests hold answers to questions we have yet to ask." - Mark Plotkin

In Memory of Joe Ritter - Mark Ritter & Karrie Sullivan

Ryan Mortuary, Inc.

David & Ann Samuelson

Al & Doris Schwan Foundation

The Schwan Food Company

The Bank of Tescott

Cork & Ella Umphrey

John F. Vanier Family Foundation

The Salina Vortex Family

Carolyn Walker

Grandchildren of Charlie "Papa" Walker

Dr. Kermit G. Wedel, MD & Kathleen Wedel Trust

In Memory of Tom & Minnie Wikoff - Helen Graves

Darrell & Carol Wilson

The Jack Wilson Family Trust

Travis, Melanie, Liam and Aidan Young