Discover art and nurture creative thinking with your family during International Museum Day. The i.d.e.a. Museum will offer 2-for-1 admission* and special art activities on Saturday, May 18, in recognition of the day.

“The i.d.e.a. Museum is a first museum experience for young children and a doorway to an adult’s inner creativity,” said i.d.e.a. Museum Executive Director Sunnee O’Rork. “Celebrating International Museum Day by providing the opportunity to bring a friend or family member encourages a social activity that is fun, educational and engaging.”

Special Art Activities

During the event, several art stations will be set up around the museum. Join us creating:

  • Popsicle Stick Frames in the Art Studio
  • Plein Air (outdoor/landscape) Painting in the Atrium
  • Exhibition Design Activity in the Design our World center of the HUB

See Junkyard Jungle before it ends

Visitors also may enjoy hands-on activities featured in Junkyard Jungle, which comes to an end May 26. The exhibition features beautiful artworks featuring found objects and recycled materials that celebrate the beauty of rainforest creatures and other wildlife, as well as showcases the importance of taking care of planet Earth.

Other hands-on activities

For young visitors 0 to 4 years old and their caregivers, ArtVille – a socks-only space – provides a variety of stimulating activities. These include playing with pixels and gears in the Wee Design room; using imagination in Art’s library, café, vet clinic and garden; acting out a play in the Performing Art Center and building with soft blocks in the main space.

Children of all ages will find the HUB filled with activities that encourage creative thinking and promote design principles. Come build a new invention with Rigamajig; create a masterpiece using technology in iArt and create music in In Harmony. Plus, don’t miss the jungle-themed black light room, which is great for imaginary play.

Hours and FYIs

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.

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.

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Please note: 2-for-1 admission cannot be combined with other discounts.

The i.d.e.a. Museum is a part of the City of Mesa and is supported by the i.d.e.a. Museum Board of Directors, Inc. The board is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to provide sustainable resources to fulfill i.d.e.a. Museum’s mission through fundraising, advocacy, and partnerships. Its vision is to create infinite possibilities for i.d.e.a. Museum.