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. Put Museum of Natural Curiosity and other Lehi travel itinerary planner attractions into our {2}, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Bring kids who are full of energy. The ropes course and maze inside will keep them climbing for more than an hour. My favorite part was the would you survive as a colonist activity. It gave us a...  more »
  • I took my two and a half year old granddaughter here recently for a special outing. Wish I had known to go to the kid play town first with vet office, dance hall, laundry mat, art area, etc. but we.....  more »
  • We wrote our book, day trips from salt lake city well before Thanksgiving Point exploded. This place is amazing for kids and adults alike. A full day of fun can be had and in fact, they could make a.....  more »
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  • This museum is incredible! It easily entertains both my two year old as well as a 12 year old for hours. I as the adult parent still am amused at all the different displays and attractions. Easily worth the money and if you're a local worth the pass to Thanksgiving point for the year so you can not only visit here as often as you'd like but also go to the dinosaur museum as well as other attractions. It's always been very clean when I've come which is an accomplishment considering how many kids come through here and kids seem to always be sticky somehow. I definitely recommend!
  • Know that you won't be able to do everything in one visit! There is so much to do and my kiddos stay entertained for hours! We chose to get an annual pass in order to maximize the use of the museum. We go back all the time and always have fun!
  • I wish something like this was around when I was a kid. My son loves the rope bridge and the cave in the gardens, but he's also learning most of the time he's there. Just ask your child some simple questions at the exhibits and watch their wheels turn. Lots of changes for kids to learn by doing and observing. Many activities to wear them out, too ;)
  • We absolutely love this place. Our kids always love exploring and everything is hands on. It is nice to be where our kids can be themselves and learn and play in a safe environment. 8 times going and we still love it. Only down side is if your kids get too excited they can get away from you.
  • I am a huge fan of this place. It has SO much to do for children of all ages, and I even found myself entertained and engaged on some things. They have the building separated into sections. Each section has a lot to offer. If possible get the season pass for your family. It allows you to go as often as you'd like, this giving you time to see everything at this museum because there's so much to see.
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