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Thanksgiving Point’s Museum of Ancient Life Reopening May 8

- Precautions for museum and restaurants reopening include limiting visitors and other current public health best practices -

LEHI, Utah (May 7, 2019) – Thanksgiving Point ( announced it will open more of its venues on Friday, May 8, 2020. The Museum of Ancient Life and its accompanying Expedition Café will reopen to Thanksgiving Point members and the public along with the Tower Deli and Trellis Café (

“We made significant operational changes to safely reopen outdoor venues last week and we’re employing these strategies in the Museum of Ancient Life,” explained Mike L Washburn, President, and CEO of Thanksgiving Point. “Our mission to provide community gathering places to learn will be delivered again. The difference is that now, our community is gathering at socially-distanced 6-foot intervals.”

Ashton Gardens and Farm Country opened on Friday, May 1, 2020, following the “Utah Leads Together 2.0” moderate risk guidelines. In addition to physical distancing, Thanksgiving Point requires guests to reserve advance tickets, which limits the number of guests each half-hour. The 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.

Additionally, venues including the Museum of Ancient Life have been converted to a one-way path. As one of the world’s largest dinosaur museums, the path through the museum will provide a full experience. For those unable to visit in-person, there is also a free virtual tour of the collection. Visit for more information. Some hands-on exhibits will not be available and the 3D Mammoth Screen Theatre will remain closed at this time.

To safely reopen, Trellis Café at Ashton Gardens and Tower Deli and Ice Cream Shop 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. Tower Deli guests may order takeout by calling 801.768.4984. Trellis guests may call ahead for reservations or takeout at 801.768.4996.

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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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