Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point

Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point The Museum of Ancient Life is the world's largest display of mounted dinosaurs. Not only will you meet our fierce prehistoric friends, you'll become a part of their world immersed in the chirps, sights, and sounds of the ancient world.
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Thanksgiving Point is home to the Museums of Natural Curiosity & Ancient Life, Farm Country, Ashton Gardens, and more. (501(c)(3) organization)

Thanksgiving Point is home to the Museums of Natural Curiosity & Ancient Life, Farm Country, Ashton Gardens, and more. (501(c)(3) organization)

Mission: 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

Operating as usual

Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point's cover photo
04/14/2020

Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point's cover photo

Tyrannosaurs Rex (seen here in the Jurassic Hall) were built to crush bones.The famous carnivore was a meat-eating machi...
09/19/2016

Tyrannosaurs Rex (seen here in the Jurassic Hall) were built to crush bones.The famous carnivore was a meat-eating machine with a thick, heavy skull and a 4-foot-long jaw.

Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point's cover photo
07/22/2016

Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point's cover photo

09/30/2013

October has arrived at #TalesForTots! (well, it's arrived EVERYWHERE, but we are super excited about it.) This weeks line up is...

11 am Tuesday, October 1st MUSEUM OF ANCIENT LIFE at Thanksgiving Point
“Long Arm: The Adventure of Brachiosaurus” by Michael Dahl
Learn about the dinosaur we meet under each week for Tales for Tots in this story about the Brachiosaurus!

Then we will make our own, movable Brachiosaurus from a paper plate (a paperplatesarus?!) to take home! SO FUN!

P.S. 11 am Wednesday, October 2nd Children’s Discovery Gardens
“What Was I Scared of?” by Dr. Seuss
Today we will kick off October and celebrate Dr. Suess’ silliest and “spookiest” story by making a pretty magical craft of crazy colored pants that can follow you wherever YOU go and keep your place in any book!

Tales for Tots is FREE with admission and for members and doesn't require registration... just show up at 11 am!

AHOY!!! International Talk Like A Pirate Day be THIS THURSDAY, September 19th! Aaaarrrgh you ready?! #TalesForTots is! B...
09/16/2013

AHOY!!! International Talk Like A Pirate Day be THIS THURSDAY, September 19th! Aaaarrrgh you ready?! #TalesForTots is! Bring your littlest scalliwags Tuesday and Wednesday for special PIRATE story times!

11 am Tuesday, September 17th MUSEUM OF ANCIENT LIFE at Thanksgiving Point
“Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs” by Giles Andreae
When Flinn discovers a pirate hiding in the school supply closet, it's all aboard, me hearties, for a real live pirate adventure! Captain Stubble needs Flinn's help to find his stolen ship, but there are some mean pirate dinosaurs on the loose, and Flinn and his friends soon sail into trouble....Will fearless Flinn be able to captain the ship and defeat the pirate dinosaurs?

Thursday is Talk Like A Pirate Day and we are celebrating all week long! Even the dinosaurs are getting into the seafaring spirit. We'll maybe DINOSAUR pirate eye patches and color a ship full of PREHISTORIC PIRATES (*ahem* Pirate Dinosaurs, that is)

ALSO, 11 am Wednesday, September 18th Children’s Discovery Garden
“Roger, the Jolly Pirate” by Brett Helquistst
Wednesday's story is by Utah native (though now "Unfortunately"* in New York), Brett Helquist! Then, we will make a moving, jointed pirate, perfect for dancing a lively jig, or a puzzle pirate to help you practice your alphabet!

Tales for Tots is FREE with admission and for members and doesn't require registration... just show up at 11 am! This week, if you want, you are welcome to celebrate with us and dress up as pirates for the occasion!

*Brett Helquist also illustrated A Series of Unfortunate Events for older kids!

09/09/2013

Whether you are thinking more about school or a WILD RUMPUS... #TalesForTots has something for your little ones this week!

11 am Tuesday, September 10th MUSEUM OF ANCIENT LIFE at Thanksgiving Point
“How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?” by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

What would you do if a very large Ceratosaurus stomped into your classroom? And what if the student sitting next to you was a gigantic Silvisaurus - who decided to jump on top of the desk? Come along and join the fun as dinosaurs ride the bus, read their favorite books, and have fun on the playground with all their friends. Going to school has never been so much fun!

Today we will get ready to go back to school (or maybe get ready to PLAY school!) with a fun dinosaur pencil to take home!

P.S. 11 am Wednesday, September 11th Children’s Discovery Garden
“Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak
Let the wild rumpus begin! Wednesday we will transform ourselves into wild things by using our imaginations to make crazy masks!

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Tales for Tots is FREE with admission and for members and doesn't require registration... just show up at 11 am!

09/02/2013

It's September and #TalesForTots at the dino museum is BACK!!!

11 am Tuesday, September 3rd in the MUSEUM OF ANCIENT LIFE at Thanksgiving Point

“Dinosaur Sleepover” by Pamela Duncan Edwards
Spending the night away from home can be sound scary and Dinosaur is so anxious that he invents many reasons as to why he can't go: his family will miss him, he won't have his toothbrush or his clean PJs, and he can't possibly sleep without his teddy! But his little boy helps Dinosaur overcome his fears, and together they discover just how much fun a sleepover can be.

Today we’ll make a fun little paper pillow just perfect for a pretend sleepover!

P.S. Join us the next day at 11 am Wednesday, September 4th Children's Discovery Garden
“Jack's Garden” by Henry Cole After the story, we will make our own Outdoor Treasure Bag to collect interesting things from nature to examine on our own nature walks!

Tales for Tots is free with admission and for members and doesn't require registration... just show up at 11 am!

08/26/2013
The Truth about Elephant Paintings

Just ONE MORE WEEK until our story time #TalesForTots returns to the dinosaur museum on Tuesdays! But until then, we still have Wednesday mornings in the Children's Garden, and here it is: Wednesday's #TalesForTots is going to be pretty awesome. Like ELEPHANTS PAINTING PICTURES AWESOME. Okay, so no elephants are actually coming to visit (Darn!), but our book is about real elephants who really do paint pictures, just like in this video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZxSPSWxwjI

11 am Wednesday, August 28th, Children’s Discovery Garden
“Elephants Can Paint, Too!” by Katya Arnold
Elephants live in Asia. They eat three hundred pounds of food a day. They spray water out of their trunks. Even so, they are a lot like you. They like to eat cookies and hang out with their friends. They even like to paint pictures.
In this true story you'll learn about an amazing class of elephants that are taught to become artists by an amazing teacher.

Then we will make elephant finger puppets that you can take home... and use to finger paint like an elephant!

Tots! Tales for Tots is free with admission and for members and doesn't require registration... just show up at 11 am! While aimed are preschool age children (and their grownups!), there is no age requirement and all are welcome.

P.S. Don't forget, in September we are back to TWICE as many Tales! One on Tuesdays in the dinosaur museum and one on Wednesdays in the Children's Gardens! Just one more week of August to go! YAY!

This is a video of an elephant painting made by a friend who has recently visited Thailand. I had heard about elephants painting abstract pictures, but I did...

There was a really fun interview on KUER recently. They talked dinosaurs with science writer and paleontologist, Brian S...
08/22/2013
My Beloved Brontosaurus

There was a really fun interview on KUER recently. They talked dinosaurs with science writer and paleontologist, Brian Switek. If you love dinos like WE love dinos, you need to give it a listen. It might just blow your mind!

The science writer Brian Switek knows adults aren’t supposed to like dinosaurs. And yet, they’re why he chose to move to Utah from New Jersey. In the

Our Museum partner, National Geographic, is running a fun contest. They have discovered a new species of fish off the Ga...
08/20/2013
Help Name This Mystery Fish

Our Museum partner, National Geographic, is running a fun contest. They have discovered a new species of fish off the Galapagos Islands and want you to help them name it. The winner gets a trip to the Islands. #ifyouwinpleasetakeme

Submit a name for this colorful fish, and you could win a trip to the Galápagos.

FYI, This month, Tuesdays are $2 Tuesdays. No Tales for Tots during August at the dinosaur museum But we still are havin...
08/14/2013

FYI, This month, Tuesdays are $2 Tuesdays. No Tales for Tots during August at the dinosaur museum But we still are having stories on Wednesday over in the Children's Garden!

#TalesForTots TODAY @ 11 AM!!!!! Our story is #Caldecott medalist "My Friend Rabbit" at the Children's Garden & we are coloring... and flying... airplanes! ZOOM!

Tales for Tots is free with admission and for members and doesn't require registration... just show up at 11 am.

08/05/2013

FYI, This month, Tuesdays are $2 Tuesdays. No Tales for Tots during August at the MUSEUM OF ANCIENT LIFE at Thanksgiving Point. But we still are having stories on Wednesday over in the Children's Garden!

11 am Wednesday, August 7th Children’s Discovery Garden
“Possum Magic” by Mem Fox
Grandma Poss uses her best bush magic to make Hush invisible. But when Hush longs to be able to see herself again, the two possums must make their way across Australia to find the magic food that will make Hush visible once more.

Today we will have a visit from a real live sugar glider courtesy of Critters 2 Go! Her name is Lilo and she is a special kind of Australian possum, just like Hush and Grandma Poss!

Tales for Tots is free with admission and for members and doesn't require registration... just show up at 11 am.

07/30/2013

Whether you're going to DANCE at the ball or BOUNCE a ball, this week at #TalesForTots we'll HAVE a ball to finish out the month of July!

11 am Tuesday, July 30th MUSEUM OF ANCIENT LIFE at Thanksgiving Point
“Dinorella: A Prehistoric Fairy Tale” by Pamela Duncan Edwards
This dreamy, alliterative and different Cinderella story will have readers doubling over with delight. Dinorella is dying to go to the dance, but her dreadful stepsisters, Doris and Dora, declare she's too dowdy and dull. Dinorella is stuck in the den--until Fairy-dactyl arrives and bedecks Dinorella with some dazzling diamonds, allowing her to depart for the dance.

Coloring a Dinosaur Princess is extra fun (for boys AND girls!) when we have SPARKLY markers and jewels!

P.S. 11 am Wednesday, July 31st Children’s Discovery Garden
Get ready to HAVE A BALL with 2 stories and 2 absolutely CRAZY art experiences!
“A Ball for Daisy” by Chris Raschka & “Watch Me Throw the Ball” by Mo Willems
We'll have our paint smocks ready, because today we'll paint a crazy, bouncy way with balls of all sizes! It may get messy... it WILL be a ball.

As always we are so grateful to our friends at Security Service Credit Union for sponsoring Tales for Tots! Tales for Tots is free with admission and for members and doesn't require registration... just show up at 11 am

07/29/2013

Arrrggg! Cap’n T. Rex has wrecked his ship ‘n band ‘o pirates have stolen everythin’. Help cap’n look fer his missin’ items. Bring yer crew fer a nigh’ of treasure huntin, pirate craftin, and swashbuckling fun tonight fer Museum Mondays from 5-7pm. Don't be last lest yer made to walk the plank!

07/23/2013

HAPPY PIONEER DAY, KIDS! Tomorrow's #TalesForTots is a special #PioneerDay story and craft at the museum! There will be no story time on the 24th. We will still be open, so you are welcome to celebrate Pioneer Day here! But we won't be holding Tales for Tots.

11 am Tuesday, July 23th MUSEUM OF ANCIENT LIFE at Thanksgiving Point
“The Buffalo Storm” by Katherine Applegate
Hallie isn't afraid of anything--that is, anything but storms, which she braves along with her grandmother, huddled beneath a special quilt. When her family decides to join a wagon train and go west, leaving her grandmother--and everything Hallie has ever known--behind, Hallie knows she will have to be braver than she's ever been before. Then one day on the trail she witnesses the wildest, most glorious storm imaginable. How can she be afraid of anything after that?

Celebrate Pioneer Day with us Tuesday by making your very own quilt picture (like Hallie’s!) with real scraps of cloth!

We are so grateful to our friends at Security Service Credit Union for sponsoring Tales for Tots and we'd be proud to have them in our wagon train. Tales for Tots is free with admission and for members and doesn't require registration... just show up at 11 am.

P.S. There will be no Tales for Tots in the Children's Garden this week. We will return to the Children's Garden on Wednesdays on July 31st. Also, on July 30th, we will have our last story in the dinosaur museum for 5 weeks as we do not do Tales for Tots during August due to #TwoBuckTuesdays . In September we will come back to our regular Tuesdays in the museum/Wednesdays in the Children's Garden schedule! *phew!*

If you are making #PioneerDay plans with your little ones, just a reminder about #TalesForTots! Our Pioneer Day story an...
07/16/2013

If you are making #PioneerDay plans with your little ones, just a reminder about #TalesForTots! Our Pioneer Day story and activity for the Children's Garden (“Dance, Pioneer Dance!” by Rick Walton and churning butter) will be held THIS WEEK... Wednesday, July 17th because there will be no story time on the 24th. We will still be open, so you are welcome to celebrate Pioneer Day here! But we won't be holding Tales for Tots.

However, we WILL be holding Tales the day BEFORE Pioneer Day. Our Pioneer Day story and activity for the MUSEUM OF ANCIENT LIFE at Thanksgiving Point (“The Buffalo Storm” by Katherine Applegate and a pioneer quilt picture) will be on Tuesday, July 23rd.

07/15/2013

We'll have a ROARING good time at #TalesForTots this week!

11 am Tuesday, July 16th MUSEUM OF ANCIENT LIFE at Thanksgiving Point
“Dinosaur ROAR!” By Paul Stickland
Whether weak or strong, fast or slow, etc., these colorful, slightly daft-looking creatures introduce a series of opposites as they parade across the double-page spreads. And where are the beasts marching? To eat their lunch "gobble, gobble, nibble, nibble, munch, munch, scrunch!"

Today we will make dinosaur masks so we can ROAR! along with the the dinosaurs we meet in the museum!

P.S. 11 am Wednesday, July 17th Children’s Discovery Garden
“Dance, Pioneer Dance!” by Rick Walton
Get ready for Pioneer Day with this fun book by a Utah native, then “Churn” your very own homemade butter like the pioneers and eat it, too!

As always we are so grateful to our friends at Security Service Credit Union for sponsoring Tales for Tots! Tales for Tots is free with admission and for members and doesn't require registration... just show up at 11 am (Ready to Roar!)!

07/07/2013

Dinos + Math = FUN at #TalesForTots this week!

11 am Tuesday, July 9th Museum of Ancient Life
“Tyrannosaurus Math” by Michelle Markel

From the moment Tyrannosaurus Math (T-Math for short) is hatched, he views the world in mathematical terms. He begins with simple addition (how many siblings have also hatched) and proceeds through such skills as grouping (counting a herd of triceratops, though he's not yet old enough to consume them), ordering and comparing (who ate the most dragonflies), and geometric shapes (is that meteor a sphere or a cube?). Believe it or not, this dinosaur makes math FUN!

P.S. 11 am Wednesday, July 10th Children’s Discovery Garden
“Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons” by James Dean
We will learn how to think positively like Pete the cat and make a groovy picture with real buttons!

Our friends at Security Service Credit Union are also groovy for sponsoring Tales for Tots and we know they are also great at math. Tales for Tots is free with admission and for members and doesn't require registration... just show up at 11 am!

06/25/2013

Come to #TalesForTots this week to meet some REAL LIVE reptiles to learn how dinosaurs might have eaten their food!

11am Tuesday, June 25th Museum of Ancient Life
“How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?” by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

How does a dinosaur eat all his food? Does he burp, does he belch, or make noises quite rude? Just like kids, dinosaurs have a difficult time learning to behave at the table. However, with a little help from Mom and Dad, these young dinosaurs eat all before them with smiles and goodwill.

After the story we will learn the difference between a Carnivore, an Herbivore, and an Omnivore as they see how REAL dinosaurs might have eaten their food with a demonstration how real reptiles eat THEIR food with a visit from some scaly friends from Critters 2 Go!

P.S. 11 am Wednesday, June 26th PAUL BUNYAN Day is TOO BIG to be held in the Children’s Garden (also it’s the The Princess Festival) so this Tales for Tots is in the BIG Garden! (this special Tales for Tots will be held in the waterfall amphitheater Concessions/Picnic area of the Thanksgiving Point Gardens)
“Paul Bunyan” by Steven Kellogg
This week we are celebrating Paul Bunyan Day with a GIANT-sized treat!

As always we are so grateful to our friends at Security Service Credit Union for sponsoring Tales for Tots! Tales for Tots is free with admission and for members and doesn't require registration... just show up at 11 am!

Tales for Tots this week is BIG! A story about a BIG squid in the museum and then on Wednesday a story so BIG it is bein...
06/17/2013

Tales for Tots this week is BIG! A story about a BIG squid in the museum and then on Wednesday a story so BIG it is being held in the BIG Gardens instead of the Children's Garden!

11 am Tuesday, June 18th Museum of Ancient Life
“I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean!” by Kevin Sherry

When a giant squid takes inventory of all of the creatures in the ocean, he realizes that he’s way bigger than most of them! Of course, there are bigger things lurking around… but maybe this giant squid with a giant touch of hubris doesn’t really care?

Today we’ll make our own silly squid puppet… with our fingers as legs!

P.S. 11 am Wednesday, June 19th Due to the Princess Festival being held in the Children’s Discovery Garden, this special Tales for Tots will be held in the waterfall amphitheater Concessions/Picnic area of the Thanksgiving Point Gardens !
"Not All Princesses Dress in Pink" by Jane Yolen
In honor of The Princess Festival , our story and craft will be royal, too, for the princes and princesses too little for the festival this year. Come hear the story then make a crown!

As always we are so grateful to our friends at Security Service Credit Union for sponsoring Tales for Tots! Tales for Tots is free with admission and for members and doesn't require registration... just show up at 11 am!

Address

3003 N Thanksgiving Way
Lehi, UT
84043

General information

Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point is a natural history museum featuring an extensive collection of mounted dinosaur skeletons, fossils, and hands-on activities.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 20:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 20:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 20:00
Thursday 10:00 - 20:00
Friday 10:00 - 20:00
Saturday 10:00 - 20:00

Telephone

(801) 768-2300

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So we bought a membership for a birthday that got canceled and have not been able to use our membership since covid. How does this work?
How the dinosaurs really became extinct.
Great time with the family!
What a spectacular venue!
I just watched these poor fish having to swim sideways, as they are fairly large fish in about 1-1/2 inches of water. I’ve complained many times about this. I love this museum, but even fish deserve better than this. I’m officially asking, along with the 6 other museum goers tonight, to have these poor little guys moved.
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Our visit to Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point!