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Dinosaurs for Children: The Museum of Ancient Life

Updated on June 23, 2016
Photos are my own. Article copyright 10/27/2011.
Photos are my own. Article copyright 10/27/2011.

A Dinosaur Museum for Children.

The Museum of Ancient Life at Lehi Utah had my husband and I captivated with it's stunning displays of ancient life and vast collection of dinosaur artifacts.

What truly fascinated us throughout our visit was this museum's interactive play stations for children.

These little play stops for kids are one of the most delightful features of this dinosaur museum.

Let's face facts, even if the subject matter is on one of their favorite topics kid's can get pretty bored touring a historical site where they must be very careful not to touch the displays. Fortunately this dinosaur museum works the "kid factor" into it's tour. Kids are encouraged to play.


We were greeted at the entrance to the museum by dinosaurs known as Othnielia.

Othnielia bones at the Museum of Ancient Life Lehi  Utah
Othnielia bones at the Museum of Ancient Life Lehi Utah
Our tour greeter at the museum.
Our tour greeter at the museum.

We Were Greeted by Daniel.

Daniel is one of the hosts at the Museum of Ancient Life and he was a real super sweetheart. He provided us with information on the museum and on the artifacts that it contains within it.

Daniel knows a lot about dinosaurs and he was excellent at helping us out with our many questions.

Daniel also made sure that we set out on the correct pathway into the museum and greeted us once again at the end of our journey. Thanks Daniel. You made our trip to this history rich museum a real pleasure.

The dinosaur history displays throughout the museum are breathtaking.

Dinosaur display at the museum.
Dinosaur display at the museum.

This museum of ancient history is a must see for adults as well as kids. T-Rex is so huge and scary.

T-Rex display at the dinosaur museum.
T-Rex display at the dinosaur museum.

Some dinosaurs are extra large and it is amazing to see such gigantic creatures so close. - Next time we visit I will try to remember to turn my camera flash on

One of the world's largest dinosaurs.
One of the world's largest dinosaurs.

Brachiosaurus?

Brachiosaurus Dinosaur Plush Stuffed Animal Toy by Fiesta Toys - 14"
Brachiosaurus Dinosaur Plush Stuffed Animal Toy by Fiesta Toys - 14"

Categorized as a Sauropoda dinosaur this huge creature is believed to be a grazer who foraged in the tall trees for its food supply.

Brachiosaurus is one of the largest dinosaurs to have roamed our Earth many years ago and its skeletal remains have been found in the United States in Utah, Wyoming, Oaklahoma, and Colorado.

 

The information plaques beneath each dinosaur tell us their history.

Information display on Supersaurus.
Information display on Supersaurus.
Build a dinosaur play area for kids.
Build a dinosaur play area for kids.

This children's stop in the museum is a 'design a dinosaur' area.

At this interactive play station in the museum children find a variety of dinosaur body parts, and are encouraged to stop, and build themselves a dinosaur.

For children who have been patiently behaving themselves on their trek through the "Do Not Touch" dinosaur displays within the museum these play stations are so vitally important. The stop is a reward for their good behavior, and a chance to relax, and just let go of some of that pent up energy which they have been keeping in check.

Play stops

Silly me I didn't pull out my camera to take pictures of the earlier play stations. One noteworthy play stop though was a "Color The Dinosaur" interactive screen section. Kids turn a crank to change a dinosaurs color to one which they think he might have had before his extinction.

Turns out that scientists really do just guess at what color dinosaurs were. Huh? Before I visited the museum I had no idea that no one knew what color dinosaurs actually were?

Did you know that Crocodiles still look virtually the same as their dinosaur ancestors? I guess you don't mess with a design that seems to be working.

Crocodile fossils.
Crocodile fossils.

Play is a great way to learn about dinosaurs.

Plush Dinosaur House with Dinosaurs - Five (5) Stuffed Animal Dinosaur in Play Dinosaur Carrying Case
Plush Dinosaur House with Dinosaurs - Five (5) Stuffed Animal Dinosaur in Play Dinosaur Carrying Case

Five adorable been filled dinosaurs with their own cave home is a delightful gift set for children who love our ancient past.

Play is how children learn and there is no better way to teach children then when they are having fun. So go on and bring your dinosaurs out to play.

 

These heavily armored Gastonia dinosaurs actually lived right here in Utah.

Gastonia on display.
Gastonia on display.

Look at the claws on this Utahraptor

The Utahraptor is one scary looking dinosaur.
The Utahraptor is one scary looking dinosaur.

This dinosaur is Hesperisaurus

This dinosaur is Hesperisaurus
This dinosaur is Hesperisaurus

Explore the world of dinosaurs today.

Guess the animal skull game.
Guess the animal skull game.

The museum head games children's play stop is so fun.

At the dinosaur museum's head games play stop kids get to guess which skull belongs to which animal or dinosaur. The answers are hidden underneath the picture tiles of the various animals.

I really enjoyed this interactive dinosaur play stop at the museum and I just happened to notice that Paul had fun at this one too. (Guess the museum fun stops were not designed just for little kids? Big kids can have fun there too.)

This is one dinosaur museum that truly is a must see tourist stop for families with children.

Even prehistoric man gets into the action at the Museum of Ancient Life.

Prehistoric man display at the Museum of Ancient Life.
Prehistoric man display at the Museum of Ancient Life.

Diatryma Dinosaur birds were huge

Diatryma prehistoric birds were huge
Diatryma prehistoric birds were huge
How do you weigh compared to the dinosaurs?
How do you weigh compared to the dinosaurs?

Another interactive children's stop at the museum is the scale (gasp!)

At this stop in the museum children (as well as adults) have the opportunity to weigh in and see which dinosaur comes closest to them in weight.

This scale looks just like a freight scale except that it has pictures of dinosaurs and their weights shown at the top of the scale.

Paul and I have both put on a few pounds over the past few years so we decided that we would skip this interactive museum play station and let the kids enjoy it instead.

This ancient cat is a wanna be saber tooth

This ancient cat is a wanna be saber tooth
This ancient cat is a wanna be saber tooth

There are sections on prehistoric dinosaur sea creatures at the museum too.

Prehistoric fish on display.
Prehistoric fish on display.

Tiny Nothosaurs were only a few inches in size and a couple feet at their very longest.

Tiny Nothosaurs were only a few inches in size and a couple feet at their very longest.
Tiny Nothosaurs were only a few inches in size and a couple feet at their very longest.

Dinosaurs are a fun way for kids to learn.

National Geographic Kids Ultimate Dinopedia: The Most Complete Dinosaur Reference Ever
National Geographic Kids Ultimate Dinopedia: The Most Complete Dinosaur Reference Ever

If you have a budding Paleontoligist on your gift list then this is the dinosaur set for him or her. These ancient beasts can be positively fascinating and for some people there is absolutely no other place that they would rather spend their time then scouting out everything there is to know about them.

 

This big ocean dinosaur guy could probably give Ogo Pogo a scare.

This big ocean dinosaur guy could probably give Ogo Pogo a scare.
This big ocean dinosaur guy could probably give Ogo Pogo a scare.

One gigantic turtle. Paul is just there to give you an idea of this dinosaur's size.

One gigantic turtle. Paul is just there to give you an idea of this dinosaur's size.
One gigantic turtle. Paul is just there to give you an idea of this dinosaur's size.

The prehistoric saber tooth kitty cats at the Museum of Ancient Life.

Prehistoric saber tooth cats on display.
Prehistoric saber tooth cats on display.
The learning center teaches kids about fossils.
The learning center teaches kids about fossils.

The museum's computer learning center for kids.

I loved the children's play stations located strategically throughout the Museum of Ancient Life. These stations are the ideal place for children to stop, and release their creative energies, and really do make the process of learning from museums a fun experience for kids.

The kid friendly theme of this museum is so very exciting. So if you want to plan a fun dinosaur theme family vacation, considering visiting the Museum of Ancient Life in Lehi, Utah, it is definitely an adventure too good to miss.

The children's dinosaur quarry at the museum....

The rock quarry lets kids get in and find the fossils.
The rock quarry lets kids get in and find the fossils.

Have you been to see the Museum of Ancient Life in Lehi Utah?

Have you gone to see the bones, fossils, rocks, and skeletons yet?

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A quick video tour through this fantastic dinosaur museum.

It is a really great vacation destination for parents to take.

Museum of Ancient Life

3003 North Thanksgiving Way

Lehi, Utah

UT 84043

www.thanksgivingpoint.org

There was just so much to see that I hope you and your children visit this amazing museum.

The Museum of Ancient Life in Lehi, Utah is amazing for viewing prehistoric life.
The Museum of Ancient Life in Lehi, Utah is amazing for viewing prehistoric life.

Have you and your children ever visited a dinosaur museum?

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      Nathalie Roy 5 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      This museum of ancient history sure knows how to display their dinosaurs skeletons. Looks like a lot of fun for the family!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have and I certainly enjoyed my visit. Strangely, the lizards and their cousins look like miniature dinosaurs IMO and in my eyes! :)

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      TeacherSerenia 5 years ago

      WOW - it's a pity I don't live in Utah - My son would love to visit this museum!!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @TeacherSerenia: We are from Canada but recently took a very long drive to Las Vegas and traveled through Utah. The hospitality was amazing and I would recommend everyone to visit Utah...and while you are there to stop by the Museum of Ancient Life. The kids will love the dinosaurs.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: I love museums so found this dinosaur theme museum absolutely delightful. There is just something absolutely fascinating about these now extinct giants.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @FanfrelucheHubs: If you ever get the chance to visit Utah be sure that you stop by this kid friendly museum. The hospitality was so wonderful - they really make you feel at home there.

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      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      WOW!!! That looks like such an amazing place to visit, the kids and I would absolutely have a blast there!

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      bhavesh lm 5 years ago

      It felt like a personal tour similar to the Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC where I live. (We normally don't get to know our hosts by their names however. :)) Nicely done!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @bhavesh lm: The hospitality in Utah was amazing. We so enjoyed our visit there, of course visiting the dinosaur museum there sits pretty high on the list of what made our visit spectacular, it was so much fun.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @JoleneBelmain: The kids would absolutely have so much fun investigating the dinosaurs and playing at all the interactive play stations at this museum. It is such a fun place to visit for children (and adults too).

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      GrowWear 5 years ago

      Thank you for the top-notch tour!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I use to OWN a dinosaur museum! Still have loads of dinosaur bones, etc... Blessed! LOVE DINOSAURS!!!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @miaponzo: Wow. It is truly amazing what we can discover about other people in our squidoo community. I think it is fascinating that you used to own a dinosaur museum. I love it!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is fantastic lens with great images of dinosaurs, scary though - imagine these huge creatures wandered on earth in the past.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I really love this awesome museum lens.. dearest pretty lady :) It's so lucky if my hometown plan to have own dinosaur museum for educational entertaining. Another great work of that I fall in love with. Tweeted to all my fans. Have wonderful times.. always.. my dearest friend :D

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      daniela12 5 years ago

      Great! you gave my brain great information! It feels like i just went to the museum! :D

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      Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Great photos! I've never been to Utah, but I would love to visit the Ancient Life Dinosaur Museum, and especially like the way the fossils are displayed in life-like situations rather than in glass cases.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is just amazing! I love your dinosaurs museum. :) Blessed!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just had to peek back in at this wonder, I would love to visit a dinosaur museum!

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Paul and I really enjoyed traveling through Utah. The hospitality throughout that state was amazing. I am really looking forward to another visit there.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      I have been to other museums but never to one that focused on dinosaurs. It really was a lot of fun. I was surprised how my husband turned into a big kid as soon as we got in there.

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      Back to bless this dinosaur wonder.. I just LOVE dinosaurs!!!

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      Shelly Sellers 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Gosh! Othnielia is huge! My son loves visit Dinosaur Museums! Well done and Dino-blessed :)

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      grannysage 4 years ago

      I always wanted to take my kids to this one, but never had the chance. But in their hometown there is now an interactive museum of natural history that has a discovery room where my grandson loved to hang out when he was younger. Great pictures!

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      MaggiePowell 4 years ago

      This one looks GREAT... we visited the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum in Vernal... Fabulous.

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      Very educational for kids, as they are fascinated with dinosaurs, so they will learn more. Blessings!.

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      srsddn lm 4 years ago

      Seems to be a great place for a visit. We have seen some portion in a museum but not as elaborate as this museum. Thanks for sharing.

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      pcgamehardware 4 years ago

      This is an excellent lens, great review of a wonderful dinosaur museum for children and adults.

      This is a top rated lens in my book, nice work LadyMermaid. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @pcgamehardware: H, saw your post on G+ and followed you over here, Mike. I agree, I love this lens.

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      ohcaroline 4 years ago

      This looks like an awesome place for kids to learn. I wouldn't want to meet that Gastonia dinosaur on the road though.

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      Homeschoolfamil1 4 years ago

      What a great lens. I wish we lived close to a dinosaur museum because my son would love this!

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      Nathalie Roy 4 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Kids sure will enjoy this Museum filled with dinos!

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