The Museum of Natural Curiosity is Utah's newest children's museum that began construction in October 2012 at Thanksgiving Point, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Lehi, Utah. It is scheduled to open in spring 2014.
The museum will feature more than 150 hands-on exhibits to teach science, arts, history, and culture through a unique interdisciplinary approach to family learning. Children will uncover their innate sense of curiosity and use their imaginations freely throughout five interactive exhibit areas: Rainforest, Waterworks, Kidopolis, Children’s Discovery Garden, and Traveling Exhibits.
Out-of-the-classroom learning will be enhanced as the exhibits encourage hands-on learning with the environment and offer interactions to promote science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM) for children. In addition to providing educational features, this family-friendly venue will ultimately assist in increasing time together for families and help parents connect with their children in a positive environment.
Planning for the museum began in 2005 with a group of Thanksgiving Point staff members, Utah educators, and supporters who saw a need for a children’s museum in the community. They received superb guidance from several of the nation’s top children’s museums to implement the finest resources to result in valuable exhibits and meaningful activities.
Fundraising for the museum is currently 96 percent complete as of October 2013. An additional $1 million is needed to finish the project by spring 2014. To donate to this important cause, click on the “Donate Now” button. Every donation, whether $5 or $5,000, will help make the Museum of Natural Curiosity a reality.
|$28,000,000||Cost of the museum|
|225,000||Anticipated annual guests|
|18||Months of construction|
|80,000||Square feet of building and gardens|
|5||Main exhibit areas|