Coming Sept. 27, 2019

Please note: The Whiteman Family Exhibition Gallery will be closed Sept. 9-26 to change out art and activities.

Celebrate Your Birthday With Us

Two new party packages: Robo-Bash and ArtVille Tots.

Imagine, explore, create...

Join us for some art and hands-on exploration that supports early learning, nurtures creative thinking and engages families in quality time together.

Spark Creativity!

Ask your teacher about adding an ArtFul Tales Experience in your child’s classroom or on a field trip.

Museums for All

Support the Museum

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.

Smithsonian Museum Day

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21

Download your ticket via Smithsonian magazine’s web page for free admission to the i.d.e.a. Museum on Saturday, Sept. 21. Enjoy the HUB Gallery and ArtVille (socks-only space for ages 0-4). Tickets are limited. Must have your ticket to receive free entry.

Extended Friday hours 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Note: Enjoy ArtVille and the HUB Gallery while the Whiteman Family Exhibition Gallery is closed to change out art and activities for our fall exhibition, opening Sept. 27. 

Smithsonian Museum Day is Sept. 21 (registration required). Please present your tickets at the front desk to receive free admission.

Regular admission applies without online registration during Museum Day, Sept. 21.

Please bring socks for everyone visiting ArtVille

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.

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Plan a Visit

Engage your brain with creative interactives at the i.d.e.a. Museum.

Please call 480-644-2468 to find out about school tours taking place during the week.

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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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Experiment & Learn: Classes

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

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Weather or Not: Art with Atmosphere exhibition

Experience the wonder and artistry of weather, with special emphasis on water and sustainability. Note: The Whiteman Family Gallery will be closed Sept. 9-26 to change out art and 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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Access for All

Making the museum accessible for our entire community is important.

Next Museum Discovery event takes place on TBD date in December.

Learn more about our discount programs and free special events.


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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.

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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Great value and can quickly pay for itself in as little as two visits.

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We inspire nearly 90,000 children of all ages in Mesa and the Phoenix metropolitan area.

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By sponsoring engaging exhibitions at the i.d.e.a. Museum, you align your brand with a trusted and valued organization.

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

Call Us

480-644-idea (4332) (recorded)

480-644-2468 (live)

480-644-2466 (fax)

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9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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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