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Museum of Ancient Life, Lehi

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Natural History Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
Thanksgiving Point Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit farm, garden, and museum complex that draws upon the natural world to cultivate transformative family learning. Using the natural world as a springboard for exploration, Thanksgiving Point combines place and process to shape today’s problem solvers into tomorrow’s makers and innovators. Thanksgiving Point is located at the center of Utah’s population growth equidistant between Provo and Salt Lake City metro areas.

Alan Ashton purchased the land for Thanksgiving Point on Valentine’s Day in 1995 as a gift. The creator of the groundbreaking software WordPerfect, Alan wanted to realize his beloved wife Karen’s dream of building a community gathering place.

At the Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point, roam among the dinosaurs, explore a Carboniferous Forest, and dive deep into a Cretaceous Ocean at the Museum of Ancient Life. Come visit one of the world’s largest displays of mounted dinosaurs with 60 complete dinosaur skeletons in our galleries, along with more than 50 hands-on exhibits. This is the destination to enjoy learning about our pre-historic animals, playing with toy dinosaurs in the Erosion Table, and digging for fossils in the quarry dig.
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  • This is definitely the most complete display of fossils and fossil information that I have seen. The huge reproductions of dinosaur skeletons boggle the mind. The information about the different...  more »
  • This is an amazing museum. I love how it starts off with archeology and how discoveries are made, then walks you forward through geologic time. Displays are interactive. You can walk under dinosaurs.....  more »
  • If you or your kids are remotely into dinosaurs this is a must stop. If not, there's still a good time to see the exhibits and play in the water table building with the sand and dinosaurs but I would recommend checking out the Museum of Natural Curiosity instead which is still on Thanksgiving Points campus just up the road by the golf course. Better yet buy a pass for the year and check both out as often as you can and you won't be disappointed. Great stop on a vacation or as a local trying to kill an afternoon with kids.
  • We could (and often do) spend hours here. My son absolutely loves it! Great for the whole family. If you're going, give yourself at LEAST an hour, but I'd say even two! Depends on how interested you are. There is a fun water/sand room and also a room to dig for bones!

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