Yellow submarine at Liberty Park to raise funds for children’s museum

Posted at 9:05 AM, Apr 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-01 14:12:43-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- A photograph sent to the FOX 13 Newsroom Monday morning prompted Salt Lake City officials to investigate a sighting of a yellow submarine in a pond at Liberty Park.

Neither the Mayor's Office nor the Parks and Recreation Department knew what the submersible was doing in the pond upon FOX 13 News' initial phone calls to their offices.

It was assumed that the submarine was placed there as an elaborate April Fools' Day prank.

It turns out the submarine was placed there by Thanksgiving Point to raise awareness for a new public fundraiser campaign through RUcurious2? for the Museum of Natural Curiosity, according to a press release from Thanksgiving Point. The children’ museum will teach science, art, history and culture through more than 150 interactive exhibits.

The Museum of Natural Curiosity in the Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation Building broke ground in October of 2013. So far $24.3 million has been raised for the project, and an additional $3.4 million is needed, according to the press release. The museum is scheduled to open in the spring of 2014.

Thanksgiving Point is seeking community help to support the cause, and they are asking for donations. and their “Curious Monsters” are helping to spread the message.

To donate or learn more about the museum, visit their website.

See the video of the submarine's failed launch into shallow water below.