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Mountain America Museum of Ancient Life

Travel back in time and explore what life was like over 65 million years ago in the Mountain America Museum of Ancient Life! With 60 complete dinosaur skeletons, this museum has one of the world’s largest displays of mounted dinosaurs right here in Lehi, Utah! More than 50 hands-on exhibits, like the Erosion Table and the Quarry Dig, make it easy to interact with prehistory. You can even watch our paleontologists and volunteers unearth a 150-million-year-old Barosaurus. Whether you come by day or night, the Museum of Ancient Life is a lively adventure you’ll never forget. With so much to explore and interact with, it’s one of the best dinosaur museums in Utah.

All admission is time-ticketed with limited availability. Please purchase in advance.

2929 N Thanksgiving Way
Lehi, UT 84043

801.768.2300

Monday – Saturday
9 am – 8 pm

Early Closures: July 24, 5 pm

Closed Sundays, Thanksgiving & Christmas Days

 

 

Admission

EXPLORER PASS

See it all with an Explorer Pass! A Thanksgiving Point Explorer Pass grants admission into all five venues (Museum of Natural Curiosity, Farm Country, Museum of Ancient Life, Ashton Gardens, and Butterfly Biosphere) for one day.

Adults: $42

Children ages 3-12:  $33

Children ages 2 and under: Free

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REGULAR SEASON ADMISSION

Thanksgiving Point Members: Free

In Person Online
Adult $27 $24
Youth (ages 13-17) $22 $19
Child (ages 3-12) $20 $17
Senior (65+) $24 $21

 

Children ages 2 and under: Free

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BECOME A MEMBER

Enjoy free admission to five award-winning venues, including two world-class museums, a butterfly conservatory, a 50-acre garden, and a working farm.

Receive advance purchase opportunities and discounts on popular day camps, youth and adult classes, and special events.

Take advantage of exclusive discounts on dining and shopping, plus receive perks like bringing guests for half-off regular admission.

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Every Kid Counts: Admission

With the presentation of an Electronic Benefits Transfer Card (SNAP or WIC) and photo ID, up to six (6) people within the immediate household receive discounted admission. Dependent children are free, and adults in the household are $3 per person.

The Every Kid Counts: Admission program is in association with Museums For All, the signature access program for the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Association of Children’s Museums. Available in person only. Not available for online purchases.

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NONPROFIT COMMUNITY GROUPS

We welcome nonprofit community groups to Thanksgiving Point! To learn more about pricing and the reservation process for nonprofit groups, follow the link below.

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GROUP PRICING

– Groups of 20+ receive 20% off regular admission prices. Available in-person or over the phone at 801.768.2300.
– To receive the discount rate, groups must enter and pay as a group in one transaction.
– Reservation does not denote private experience – this is a public area.
– No amplified music or microphones allowed.
– Valid only during regular hours of operation.
– Blackout dates apply (Luminaria, Tulip Festival, Utah Symphony at the Waterfall, Labor Day Luau, and other special events as scheduled).

PALEO STUDIO AND GEODE CRACKING

PALEO STUDio

Ever wondered what it was like to clean and prepare a real fossil? At the Paleo Studio, you’ll use the same tools as real paleontologists to excavate a fossil from the Eocene Era. You’ll be the first human to handle this fossil and will even get to take your specimen home with you. Dig in to the world of paleontology, only at the Mountain America Museum of Ancient Life

For a limited time only excavate a Mosasaur tooth ($19.50) or a  prehistoric shark tooth ($28.50). Available for purchase in-person only.

$10 per person | $9 for Thanksgiving Point members

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GEODE CRACKING

Time to get cracking! Now at the Mountain America Museum of Ancient Life, you can take your very own geode, containing a mystery crystal, home with you! Just pick whatever geode calls out to you, head over to our geode cracking machine, and split it open for a one-of-a-kind souvenir.

$18 for Large Geode, $10 for Medium Geode | $16 for Large Geode, $9 for Medium Geode for Thanksgiving Point members

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Dirt on Dinos

Wednesdays | 10 am

See interesting artifacts on display and ask our friendly staff all your dino questions. Included with regular admission. 

Little Explorers – NEW

Daily | 9:30 am  (Unavailable June 29)

Bring your littles to this open imaginative play experience. Best for toddlers and infants, a variety of dino-themed toys will be available to help get those growing minds ready for a great day!

Junior Paleo Club – NEW

Daily | 2 pm (Unavailable June 29)

Explore fossils not often on display and learn more about the paleontology process. Each week, we will have something new for your family to learn. Become a member of the Junior Paleo Club today!

Baby Dinos 101

Mondays | 4 pm

The Thanksgiving Point Dino Wranglers have rescued the baby dinosaurs and are taking them around the museum. 

Tours at the Mountain America Museum of Ancient Life

Behind the Lab: VIP Tour with Paleontologist Rick Hunter

First Friday of the month | 6 pm
Third Saturday of the month | 2 pm

See behind-the-scenes spaces only available through this exclusive offering. Enjoy an hour-long tour of our working lab.

$200 for up to 4 guests. Members receive 10% discount.

Pre-registration required

RESERVE TOUR

 

Paleontologist-led Tour

Thursdays | 6 pm

Learn about the ancient world from the perspective of Paleontologist Rick Hunter in this hour-long tour.

$100 for up to 4 guests. Members receive 10% discount.

Pre-registration required

RESERVE TOUR

Inside the Paleo Studio

Walking through the Mountain America Museum of Ancient Life, staring up at the ancient fossils to each side of us and towering above our heads, we may think of how crazy it is that the bones we see are millions and millions of years old. But we don’t often think about how long it takes to get them out of the ground, chipped out of the rock, and mounted before us.

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Special Programs

MONDAYS

Little Explorers
9:30 am

Dirt on Dinos
10 am

Tales for Tots
11 am

Lab Live
11 am

Baby Dinos 101
11:30 am

Junior Paleo Club
2 pm

Baby Dinos 101
4 pm

Dirt on Dinos
5 pm

Junior Paleo Club
6 pm

Goodnight Museum
7 pm

TUESDAYS

Little Explorers
9:30 am

Dirt on Dinos
10 am

Lab Live
11 am

Baby Dinos 101
11:30 am

Junior Paleo Club
2 pm

Baby Dinos 101
4 pm

Dirt on Dinos
5 pm

Junior Paleo Club
6 pm

Goodnight Museum
7 pm

WEDNESDAYS

Little Explorers
9:30 am

Dirt on Dinos
10 am

Lab Live
11 am

Baby Dinos 101
11:30 am

Bubbles and Bites
1 pm

Junior Paleo Club
2 pm

Baby Dinos 101
4 pm

Dirt on Dinos
5 pm

Junior Paleo Club
6 pm

Goodnight Museum
7 pm

THURSDAYS

Little Explorers
9:30 am

Dirt on Dinos
10 am

Lab Live
11 am

Baby Dinos 101
11:30 am

Junior Paleo Club
2 pm

Baby Dinos 101
4 pm

Dirt on Dinos
5 pm

Junior Paleo Club
6 pm

Goodnight Museum
7 pm

FRIDAYS

Little Explorers
9:30 am

Dirt on Dinos
10 am

Lab Live
11 am

Baby Dinos 101
11:30 am

Junior Paleo Club
2 pm

Baby Dinos 101
4 pm

Dirt on Dinos
5 pm

Junior Paleo Club
6 pm

Goodnight Museum
7 pm

SATURDAYS

Little Explorers
9:30 am

Dirt on Dinos
10 am

Lab Live
11 am

Baby Dinos 101
11:30 am

Bubbles and Bites
1 pm

Junior Paleo Club
2 pm

Baby Dinos 101
4 pm

Dirt on Dinos
5 pm

Junior Paleo Club
6 pm

Goodnight Museum
7 pm

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