Updated 9/25/21 – PLEASE NOTE: PREREGISTERED TIMED TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT. Please arrive at your designated time with your tickets. Walk-in entry may be available, as space permits.

Three City of Mesa museums will offer free admission on Saturday, Sept. 25, as part of I Love Mesa Day.

Online ticket reservations are strongly encouraged for the i.d.e.a. Museum and Arizona Museum of Natural History, which will have special hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during I Love Mesa Day. Both museums are offering timed entries to manage customer experience during the free event. Those tickets are available now on each museum’s website.

At the i.d.e.a. Museum, guests can experience the Robo Art exhiibition – featuring hands-on activities that explore the relationship of art and science and engage your child’s brain Plus, enjoy creative experiences that support early learning, nurture creative thinking, and engage families in quality time together throughout the museum. For young families, check out ArtVille – a colorful town featuring imaginative play activities aimed at children 4 and younger (socks required).

Save your spot at the i.d.e.a. Museum on Sept. 25 with an online ticket reservation. Walk-ins during I Love Mesa Day will be admitted based on ticket availability. Reserve timed entries here.

Sister museum activities

75,000,000 BC at AZMNH

AZMNH – located at 53 N. Macdonald – presents 75,000,000 BC, which walks visitors through southern Arizona and northern Sonora 75 million years ago. Learn about the giant volcanoes that shaped the economy of our state and the dinosaurs that lived in their shadow. Additionally, Ologies!: The Science of Anthropology and Paleontology is the museum’s first bilingual exhibition. Visitors will learn more about the museum’s anthropology and paleontology research departments to discover the kinds of objects in each collection, how objects become part of the collection, and how objects help scientists study the past.

While visiting Downtown Mesa, families also are encouraged to visit a third Mesa gem: Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, located at 1 E. Main St. The fall exhibitions center on the contemporary visionary art movement and feature the vibrant, transcending work of international artists Alex Grey and Allyson Grey. Admission is always free. Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. No advanced timed tickets required.

Find museum activities, tickets and more at arizonamuseumofnaturalhistory.orgideaMuseum.org and mesaartscenter.com/museum.

I Love Mesa Day

The City of Mesa and Downtown Mesa Association are partnering in I Love Mesa Day to support City businesses as they navigate the challenges of COVID-19. The daylong celebration will feature a variety of free, family-friendly and primarily outdoor events throughout Downtown Mesa from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The City of Mesa is actively monitoring the course of the pandemic in Arizona as we strive to balance public safety and the services we provide to residents, businesses and visitors.

Although masks are optional at City facilities, Mesa encourages visitors to continue to exercise precautions, including getting vaccinated, wearing masks if unvaccinated and staying at home when not feeling well. The date of the event is subject to change. For updates, visit www.downtownmesa.com, www.mesaamp.com and www.mesaaz.gov.