Two family-friendly museums in Downtown Mesa will offer special hours and half price admission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 20. Participating museums are the Arizona Museum of Natural History and the i.d.e.a. Museum. Both are located within walking distance of Mesa’s MLK Parade route.


The City of Mesa honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. annually with a parade in downtown Mesa, which this year takes place beginning at 11 a.m. Jan. 20. The parade route starts on Center Street near MLK Way and concludes at 1st Street and Robson, just north of the i.d.e.a Museum. The celebration will include Mesa City Councilmembers, marching bands, community leaders and organizations.

Museum Happenings

The Arizona Museum of Natural History, located at 53 N. Macdonald, will be open during the holiday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The museum has dinosaurs that roar and so much more. Visitors can explore the Lost Dutchman’s mine, wander through an ancient Hohokam village or take a selfie with a T. rex. There is something exciting for everyone.

The i.d.e.a. Museum will offer a bonus hour, opening 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the holiday. At the i.d.e.a. Museum, guests can enjoy imaginative and creative experiences in ArtVille and the HUB Gallery. They are encouraged to journey into current art exhibition, Weather or Not: Art with Atmosphere, which has been extended a day. There, visitors will experience the wonder and artistry of weather through hands-on activities.

Discount Admission

Half price admission at AZMNH is $3.50 for children ages 3-12 and $6 for adults; museum members are free. At the i.d.e.a. Museum, half price admission is $4.50 for everyone ages 1 and up; museum members are free.

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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.