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- Precautions remain in place for all Thanksgiving Point venues and restaurants reopening including limiting visitors and following current public health best practices -

LEHI, Utah (May 12, 2019) – Thanksgiving Point ( announced it will open another of its venues on Friday, May 15, 2020. Butterfly Biosphere in the Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation Building honoring the memory Hilda Ruth Harrell, will join the Museum of Ancient Life, Ashton Gardens, and Farm Country in limited reopening capacities. The award-winning Harvest Restaurant will also reopen on May 15 for dinner only and by reservations only. Harvest Restaurant is located in Water Tower Plaza.

“We feel the time is right to reopen the Butterfly Biosphere and Harvest Restaurant,” stated Mike L Washburn, President and CEO of Thanksgiving Point. “Each reopening has been strategically aligned with the country and state’s health officials’ comments and precautions in place. The health and safety of all guests and employees remains the top priority for Thanksgiving Point.”

Ashton Gardens and Farm Country opened on Friday, May 1 following the “Utah Leads Together 2.0” moderate risk guidelines. Last week the Museum of Ancient Life was reopened on a limited basis as well.

Areas of the Butterfly Biosphere will still be unavailable for usage, including the Costa Rica Climber play area. Guests will be directed inside the Conservatory in a one-way walkway and only a limited number of guests will be allowed inside per half-hour, however length of visit is not restricted. Masks for guests are not required but are encouraged. Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout guest areas. Other safety measures include monitoring team member’s daily temperatures, requiring employee face coverings, and additional cleaning and sanitation measures for public spaces.

To safely reopen Harvest Restaurant, the space has been reconfigured to create more space between guest tables. Guests will not be permitted to congregate in lobbies and are encouraged to wear masks when not eating. Guests may order takeout and make reservations by calling 801.768.4984. As part of the government regulations no parties of 10 or more people.

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About Thanksgiving Point

Thanksgiving Point is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization comprised of farms, gardens, and museums collectively dedicated to providing opportunities for transformative family learning. Created in 1995 by Alan and Karen Ashton, Thanksgiving Point has become a center of community engagement for more than two million annual visitors from around the United States and the world. Thanksgiving Point is located at 3003 North Thanksgiving Way in Lehi, Utah. For more information, call 801.768.2300 or visit


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