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With a big imagination and an eagerness to navigate his world hands-on, Christopher Ohep, 7, says his favorite part of the museum is exploring and creating in the exhibition gallery. He’s been visiting the museum since he was a baby, and enjoys visiting often.

“The museum is special to me because I learn here and it gives me good ideas.” – Christopher Ohep

For 9-year-old Hana, the i.d.e.a. Museum has always been a second home. Her first visit was just at 9 months old, and the museum has been a big part of her life since. Hana’s mother, Mayumi, says that the museum provides a meaningful creative space for both Hana and her younger brother.

“My daughter grew up at the i.d.e.a. Museum. There were times when we would come every day. It’s a very special place for our entire family.” – Mayumi Gerstberger



Jessica Miller can’t remember a time when the i.d.e.a. Museum wasn’t a part of her life. As a child, she says she loved exploring the exhibits and taking classes with her siblings and cousins. Today, she continues the tradition of visiting the museum with her own children.

“The i.d.e.a. Museum has been a setting of some of our most treasured memories.” – Jessica Miller

With dreams of being a “superhero” when she grows up, creative play is a favorite part of Zoie Joseph’s time at the museum. Her parents say seeing their four-year-old engage her creative side is always a joy. Zoie looks forward to her next big adventure at the i.d.e.a. Museum.

“We believe every part of the i.d.e.a. Museum is important. Each area in some way enhances our daughter’s early development, while allowing her to explore all her creative potential. “ – Monique Joseph



Kathrine Blomquist and her family have been connected to the i.d.e.a. Museum since their youngest son, Jensen, was 3 months old. After just their first visit, the family became members. That was 10 years ago. And they’re still members today. Jensen is in two art clubs at school, and Kathrine says his immense love for art began at the museum.

“We always knew the i.d.e.a. Museum was something special. It’s a place where we can move and create freely.” - Kathrine Blomquist

Spending quality time is important for the Lopez Family. And for Stephanie Lopez, that means visiting the i.d.e.a. Museum with her daughters often. Whether Stella, 4, is creating new art in the gallery, or Julia, 2, is exploring in ArtVille, Stephanie says it’s all valuable time for their family.


“My girls play and learn in new ways at the i.d.e.a. Museum. We’ve made so many memories here, and that’s priceless.” – Stephanie Lopez



Miguel Rubalcava, 4, loves creating art, and with plenty of practice during his visits, he’s even recently learned how to master the use of scissors – a milestone that both he an his mother are very proud of.


“Miguel looks forward to his weekly visits. And I look forward to seeing him create many new colorful memories at the i.d.e.a. Museum.” – Andrea Rubalcava

She wants to be an artist when she grows up, and for the last five years, the i.d.e.a. Museum has been her family’s go-to place to nurture that creativity. Her mother says 7-year-old Olivia has always been artistic and the museum has fostered a whole new world of imagination within her daughter.


“Through what she’s experienced at the museum, Olivia’s art at home has become much more three-dimensional. She constantly comes up with pieces that amaze me.” – Anna Webb-Schmidt


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