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Keystone Gallery

Scott City, Kansas

Home to fossils and other specimens from the Western Interior Seaway. 


Keystone Gallery is a combination fossil museum, art gallery, and gift shop.

The museum contains an extensive, scientific collection of local Kansas fossils. The area known as western Kansas was once covered by a great sea. Various examples of this time period can be found at Keystone Gallery. Many of these fossils were discovered in the nearby areas of Monument Rocks, Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park, and in other remote surrounding areas. 

Fossils include prehistoric fish, turtle, and bird specimens. It’s a fantastic, educational, and convenient stop for those out sightseeing at the nearby rock formations of western Kansas. Keystone was a church from 1917 to 1953 but had been abandoned until it was bought and converted by its owners, local geologists, Chuck and Barbara, in 1991. 

Know Before You Go

Keystone Gallery is located on Dakota Road and US Hwy 83 between the towns of Oakley, KS, and Scott City, KS. In peak spring/summer seasons, they are open most days 9 am - 5 pm, or by appointment in winter.

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