Museum Access

Join us at the i.d.e.a. Museum during the upcoming discounted or free days – made possible through generous donations and grants to support our Access for All programs.

International Museum Day

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Discover art and dinosaurs, explore the jungle and an ancient village and nurture creative thinking with your family during International Museum Day. The i.d.e.a. Museum and Arizona Museum of Natural History will offer 2-for-1 admission on Saturday, May 18, in recognition of the day. Special art activities also are planned at the i.d.e.a. Museum.

Additionally, experience 5 new art exhibitions at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, which is always free.

Creative Activities

At the i.d.e.a. Museum, guests may enjoy imaginative and creative experiences in ArtVille (a socks-only space for ages 4 and younger) and the HUB Gallery. They also are encouraged to journey into current art exhibition, Junkyard Jungle, to learn more about rainforests and recycling through hands-on activities.

Special art activities for International Museum Day include Plein Air painting in the atrium, popsicle art for little ones in ArtVille and an exhibition design activity in the HUB for older kids. And don’t miss the black light rain forest room.

See Dinosaurs

The Arizona Museum of Natural History, located at 53 N. Macdonald, features dinosaurs that roar and so much more. Visitors can try their luck at gold panning, wonder through an ancient Hohokam village, and take a selfie with a T. rex. Plus, meet the new tyrannosaur making headlines – the Suskityrannus – found only here at the Arizona Museum of Natural History. There is something exciting for everyone.

Enjoy Art

Exhibitions currently at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum are: Cartomancy – The Seni Horoscopes, by Shay Bredimus; Docents Select: Zoo, from the permanent collection; True and Livin’ by Aaron Coleman; Petrichor, by Esao Andrews (originally from Mesa, AZ); and Allure, a site-specific installation by Crystal Wagner.

Saturday Hours

The i.d.e.a. Museum’s hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during International Museum Day. Regular admission is $9 per guest age one and older. Members are free.

AZMNH hours are 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday. Regular admission is $7 for children 3 to 12 and $12 for 13 and older. Members are free. 

The Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and is always free to visitors.

Learn More

International Museum Day began in 1977 to raise awareness of museums and their impact on society. It’s coordinated by the International Council of Museums. In 2018, 40,000 museums globally participate by offering admission discounts and coordinating special events.

More about museum activities found online at arizonamuseumofnaturalhistory.orgideaMuseum.org and mesaartscenter.com.

ABOUT CITY OF MESA ARTS & CULTURE

Mesa’s Department of Arts and Culture includes the Arizona Museum of Natural History, i.d.e.a. Museum and Mesa Arts Center, all located in downtown Mesa, Arizona. The mission of the department is to strengthen, for all, the creative, social and economic fabric of our community and region through inspiring, relevant, engaging and transformational cultural experiences and cross-sector collaborations.

Next Museum Discovery Event

TBD / approximately once every 3 months

The i.d.e.a. Museum participates in a few admission days and nights as part of the City of Mesa’s Museum Discovery series. The fiscal 2019-2020 schedule has not yet be determined.    

Complimentary access is part of a move toward offering Museum Discovery events on select days or evenings by the three City of Mesa cultural institutions, including the Arizona Museum of Natural History and Mesa Contemporary Art Museum (press release with more details coming soon). These free days and evening events are aimed at making science, art and hands-on activities accessible to families of all economic backgrounds.  

At the i.d.e.a. Museum, guests can experience imaginative and creative experiences in ArtVille and the HUB Gallery. Also, visitors may venture into our current art exhibition, Junkyard Jungle. Activities include art-making a variety of wild animals; imaginary play as biologists, entomologists, zoologists and ecologists; and exploring the black light rainforest.

Free days are very popular and attract crowds. To better serve visitors, avoid long lines and allow as many people as possible to enjoy the museum, the museums may implement timed tickets at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. No advanced tickets will be distributed.

Did you know? The i.d.e.a. Museum and Arizona Museum of Natural History also offer discounted admission for economically challenged families, so they may experience the museum without the crowds typical on free days. Families who present their Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card qualify for a $2 admission per person (up to 6 people) and may visit both museums during business hours that are convenient for their families. 

More about museum activities found online at arizonamuseumofnaturalhistory.orgideaMuseum.org and mesaartscenter.com.

ABOUT CITY OF MESA ARTS & CULTURE

Mesa’s Department of Arts and Culture includes the Arizona Museum of Natural History, i.d.e.a. Museum and Mesa Arts Center, all located in downtown Mesa, Arizona. The mission of the department is to strengthen, for all, the creative, social and economic fabric of our community and region through inspiring, relevant, engaging and transformational cultural experiences and cross-sector collaborations.

Blue Star Museums May 18 – Sept. 1, 2019

The i.d.e.a. Museum offers free admission during the summer to active-duty military families via the Blue Star Museums program. This program – for men and women serving in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and the National Guard and Reserve – aims to provide families with cultural experience.

Just show one of the following IDs – Geneva Convent ion common access card (CAC), DD Form 1 173 ID card (dependent ID) or DD Form 1173 -1 ID card – so you and up to five family members may receive free admission.

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums nationwide.

The i.d.e.a. Museum is a proud participant in Museums for All – a cooperative initiative between Association of Children’s Museum and Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

This initiative allows families presenting an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card and valid photo ID receive a discounted museum admission ($2 per person; limit 6 in a family) when they stop by the i.d.e.a. Museum.

This signature access program encourages families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits.

 Please note: Cannot be used with other discounts.  

Learn more

 

For more information about our program click below.

Also enjoy these activities and more:

  • Build a master project on Rigamajig
  • Design your dream robot in Robot Corner
  • Create with pixels, gears and more in Wee Design
  • Play in ArtVille* (a socks-only space aimed at ages 0-4)
  • And much more!

*Please note: Socks are required for everyone entering ArtVille.

Address

i.d.e.a. Museum
150 W. Pepper Place
Mesa, AZ 85201

Admission

Admission: $9/person

Free for members and those under age 1

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9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuesday - Thursday & Saturday

9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday

12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday

Closed Monday and most holidays

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