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Phillips Park Visitors Center & Mastodon Gallery

Subfacility of Phillips Park

About the Visitors Center

Phillips Park Visitors Center and Mastodon Gallery showcases the mastodon bones that were unearthed in the park during a 1934 Civil Works Administration Project. The skull being the largest of the artifacts, weighs 188 pounds. The bones, estimated to be between 10,000 to 20,000 years old, include a 92-pound lower jaw, a 6-foot-long tusk, ribs and vertebrae.

In addition, you’ll find enlarged photographs and a detailed history time line related to the discovery, as well as displays highlighting the history of Phillips Park, the Sunken Garden and the Phillips Park Zoo. The 3,500-square-foot building also offers a view of the Sunken Garden and includes concessions machines and public washrooms.


March - November

Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

December - March

Closed except during Santa's visiting hours


Admission is free and the facility is handicap accessible.


Don’t feel like walking? Our spacious 22 seat Tram will escort you around our park, free of charge. The Tram is wheelchair accessible (2 spaces) as well as has 4 handicap seating spaces. The Phillips Park Tram runs every day except Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Splash Pad

Looking for a fun way to beat the heat? The Splash Pad at both Phillips Park open from mid-May until mid-August from 11:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. daily, weather permitting of course.