i.d.e.a. Museum at home

Add some fun at home while we are temporarily closed with some creative ideas from our Museum staff, volunteers and other supporters.

Museum Temporarily Closed

Out of an abundance of caution and to support other preventive measures underway, the City of Mesa has decided to temporarily suspend all public operations at the City’s museums through April 30.

Returning soon!

The museum is temporarily closed. We’ll keep you posted when we reopen so you may embark on a storytelling adventure that nurtures creative thinking.

Your opinion matters

We’re always striving to improve, so we ask you to let us know how we are doing through the City of Mesa Arts & Culture Survey

Museum FAQs

Thank you for making plans with us! Before your visit, check out our Museum FYIs to help prepare for a fun experience!

Become a museum donor

We inspire nearly 90,000 children of all ages in Mesa and the Phoenix metropolitan area through art exhibitions and STEAM activities focused on supporting early learning, nurturing creative thinking and engaging families.

Museums for All

Please keep up with us on our social media РFacebook, Instagram & Twitter Рfor creative activities and content for supporting early learning, nurturing  creative thinking and engaging as a family.

Welcome to the i.d.e.a. Museum.

Our activities and exhibitions for kids of all ages are developed not only for them but also – most importantly – for the whole family. The museum inspires children to experience their world differently. Therefore – in addition to art, creativity and imagination – we focus on supporting early learning, nurturing creative thinking and engaging families in quality experiences.

Please take a moment to share your thoughts about museum experiences through a special survey from the American Alliance of Museums. Your participation is important for helping us continue to make the museum a great place for families.


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Plan a Visit

NOTE: The museum is temporarily closed through April 30. READ MORE.

Engage your brain with creative interactives at the i.d.e.a. Museum. Check out our “Preparing for Your Museum Adventure” page to learn more about what to expect when you arrive.

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Entertain your family with creative experiences; a great value that pays for itself in as little as two visits.

Please note: Current i.d.e.a. Museum memberships will be extended for the duration of the museum closure.


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We inspire nearly 90,000 children of all ages annually by providing art exhibitions and STEAM activities that support early learning, nurture creative thinking and engage families.

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Explore & Discover: ArtVille

Learn through tactile experiences and imaginative play in a town all about art.

A socks-only space for ages 0 – 4.

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Imagine & Design: HUB Gallery

Nurture creative thinking by experiencing hands-on art, design and science activities.

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Field Trips & Tours

Take your class or group on an artful journey that nourishes young minds and sparks creativity.

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Birthday Parties: 3 Options - No Cleanup!

Let our staff take the stress out of your child’s celebration. Choose from ArtVille Tots, Robo-Bash & Art Studio.

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Art of the Story exhibition

Join us on a journey featuring art and hands-on activities that embrace the storyteller within us all.. Note: The Whiteman Family Gallery will be closed May 25 РJune 11,  to change out art and activities.

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Experiment & Learn: Classes

Messy Creation classes, camps and other workshop aim to spark curiosity and a love for learning.

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Access for All

Making the museum accessible for our entire community is important. 

Learn more about our discount programs and free special events.


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Create brand awareness while supporting educational i.d.e.a. Museum programs that provide creative family fun.

Activities: girls painting

Gifts: Make a Difference

Your donation funds educational programs that support early learning, nurture creative thinking and engage families. Change lives!

Thank you for your support!


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



Admission: $9/person

Free for members and those under age 1

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480-644-idea (4332) (recorded)

480-644-2468 (live)

480-644-2466 (fax)

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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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