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Museum of Natural Curiosity, Lehi

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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.

The Museum of Natural Curiosity is the culmination of a ten-year campaign to build a world-class family science center. The 45,000 square foot LEED-certified building includes one outdoor gallery. Guests cross a creaky suspension bridge to choose between one of four indoor galleries or the five-acre Discovery Garden. A challenging high ropes course soars 65 feet overhead. Guests create stop motion animation films, build simple water machines, and trade items from nature in the Trading Post. Awarded the 2014 Cultural Project of the Year by Associated General Contractors of Utah, the museum has also been featured in Association of Science-Technology Centers Dimensions magazine and in American Alliance of Museums Museum magazine.
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  • What an amazing place for children of all ages and for adults too! Two thumbs up on everything! We had so much fun. There was something for everyone. My toddler loved the rope maze and slides. My 12....  more
    What an amazing place for children of all ages and for adults too! Two thumbs up on everything! We had so much fun. There was something for everyone. My toddler loved the rope maze and slides. My 12....  more »
  • There are lots of activities that can be engaged in, but keep your party together, as it is a big place. Many of the activities involve water or climbing, etc. so you have to be watchful or active.....  more
    There are lots of activities that can be engaged in, but keep your party together, as it is a big place. Many of the activities involve water or climbing, etc. so you have to be watchful or active.....  more »
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  • Lots to do here with kids. My kids are 9, 7, and 3. They all enjoyed it. We weren't able to get to it all in one visit. But we were also only there for an hour or so. I feel like it is so fun especially if you've never been there before because there is so much to discover. But I also feel that for some of the exhibits we will quickly grow out of them. I appreciate that for the jungle gym, parents can use a walkway to follow their kids all throughout. I also came here once on a field trip with 1st graders and of course they all had a great time!
  • Took a 12 year old and a Five year old and while there was definitely more for the littler kids to do, my 12 year old stayed entertained as well. For an extra ten bucks he was able to do a three story ropes course that lasted about a half hour! Plenty of helpful staff members around cleaning and maintaining things and it wasn't terribly crowded even for a Saturday! A must do in the hot summer or cold winter when outdoors activities are limited but you still need to burn energy. The cafe was closed but we hooked over to the Garden Trellis Cafe just down the road and had some yummy food!

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