Imagine, Design, Build!

You will be able to imagine your own building project, whether it is a home, office building or school, then create it through the activities in the gallery.

Donate today!

Help relieve families of the stress and strain of the pandemic. Provide creative care where they can have fun learning, growing, connecting and experiencing art and STEAM together!

Buy tickets online or in person!

Save time checking in with an advance online reservation.

Museum FAQs

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

Virtual Programs

Enjoy a virtual field trip, earn a Girl Scout badge or take home some creative activities via our take-home kits. Learn more on our Classes page.

Beat the heat at 3 cool Mesa museums!

Check out 75,000,000 BC and Ologies! exhibitions at Arizona Museum of Natural History, Robo Art at the i.d.e.a. Museum and visionary art at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum.

Museums for All

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

Online Tickets

Save time and skip the admission line. Tickets are good any time during business hours for the date purchased.

9 a.m. – 4 p.m
Tuesday – Saturday


12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

What to Expect

We offer art and hands-on activities that support early learning, nurture creative thinking and engage families in quality time.

Enhanced cleaning protocols are in place. Families are encouraged to read our guidelines for a fun visit.

Health & Wellness

If you are feeling ill, we respectfully ask you to reschedule your visit.

To help mitigate the spread of germs, the museum added hand sanitizer stations and installed Plasma Air ionization systems. Learn more in our FAQs.

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

The i.d.e.a. Museum – which is owned by the City of Mesa and supported by the i.d.e.a. Museum Foundation – offers hands-on activities and art exhibitions for kids of all ages. Programs are developed not only for children but also – most importantly – for the whole family.

The museum inspires our visitors 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.

We also offer virtual school tours, Girl Scout workshops and take-home activity kits. Please visit our Classes page to learn more.

 NOTE: We are open Tuesday through Sunday.  


Please note: Our website is best viewed on Chrome or Safari.


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Experiment & Learn: Classes

NEW:  Are you looking for an opportunity for your preschooler(s) to build skills and prepare for school? We have a learning adventure made for your child(ren) at i.d.e.a. for Early Learners. DETAILS 

Or pick up an activity kit and check our iArt page for at-home activities.

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Plan a Visit

Now open Tuesday through Sunday.  LEARN MORE about what to expect on your visit.


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

Members receive early access to timed ticket registration.

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Field Trips & Tours

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

We also offer two virtual programs through our Learning ReimaginED initiative. Details online.

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Girl Scouts

In-person workshops have returned. Daisies, Brownies and Juniors in your troops also have the opportunity to learn, explore and create virtually with our Art in the Outdoors workshop.

Activities: girls painting

Gifts: Make a Difference

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

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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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Imagine - Design - Build

Artwork includes a variety of paintings, sculpture, fiber works, digital videos, LED lighting, and digital photography. Numerous interactive and artmaking activities will be in the gallery.


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Take-home Activities

Bring home activities that inspire imagination, design, experience and art with our i.d.e.a. Bag. More activity kits – including Skill Builders – are now available. LEARN MORE HERE.

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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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Outdoor Creativity: Atrium

Encourage exploration and curiosity in the open air! We’re currently working to bring our Atrium to life. Can we count on you to support our plans?

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Access for All

Making the museum accessible for our entire community is important. 

Our next FREE event is on Sept. 25. Register for your timed ticket HERE.

Learn more about our discount programs.


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

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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.

Thank you for your support!

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