Museum timed tickets available now!

We're open Thursday through Sunday to our entire community with reduced capacity and timed tickets. Online ticket reservations strongly encouraged. Masks covering nose and mouth required.

NOTE: Members, please log into your accounts to access timed tickets. Visitors, check out our welcome back pricing!

Art of the Story
Virtual Programs

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

Art of the Story
See it before it ends!

Embark on a storytelling adventure in Art of the Story that nurtures creative thinking. New activities recently added! Exhibition ends Sunday, June 13.

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Museum FAQs

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

Masks required for ages 6+; encouraged for between ages 2-6.

Can’t make it to the museum?

Can’t make it to the museum? Create some fun at home with 100+ ideas from our Museum staff, volunteers and other supporters. We post new activities most Wednesdays!

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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.


Timed Tickets

We’ve reopened the museum at a limited capacity. Please purchase timed tickets for your family online for a  contactless experience.

10 a.m. | 12 p.m. | 2 p.m
Thursdays – Saturday


12 p.m. | 2 p.m.


What to Expect

We’ve made a few enhancements for our reopening – including requiring masks, reducing capacity, adding low-touch activities, implementing temperature checks upon entry and enhancing cleaning protocols.

Please read our admission policy for details.


Health & Wellness

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

Face covering are required for everyone ages 6+ and recommended for children between ages 2-6.

We’ve added more hand sanitizer stations and limited capacity. Learn more about our cleaning protocols in our FAQs.

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.

NOTE: We are now open Thursday through Sunday with reduced capacity. Please check out these common questions about our reopening to prepare for your next visit. We also offer virtual school tours, Girl Scout workshops and take-home activity kits. Please visit our Classes page to learn more.


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


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Field Trips & Tours - virtual only for now

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

We have launched two virtual programs through our Learning ReimaginED initiative. Details online.

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Plan a Visit

Now open at limited capacity with timed entries Thursday through Sunday. Also, face coverings are required for everyone ages 6 and up and recommended for visitors between the ages of 2 and 6.

Closed Memorial Day, May 31


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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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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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Girl Scouts

We are pleased to now offer your Daisies, Brownies and Juniors in your troops the opportunity to learn, explore and create virtually with our Art in the Outdoors workshop.

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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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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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Art of the Story exhibition

Join us on a journey featuring art and hands-on activities that embrace the storyteller within us all!

Ends Sunday, June 13.

Please note: The Whiteman Family Exhibition Gallery will be closed June 14-30 while we install a new exhibition – Robo Art – opening July 1!

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Experiment & Learn: Classes

Fan favorites, such as  Messy Creations, Wonder Camp and more – which aim to spark curiosity & a love for learning – are currently on an in-person pause. We’ll keep you posted when they return. For now, pick up an activity kit and check our iArt page for at-home activities.

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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. 

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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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. Currently on a pause.

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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New Hours

As of  Oct. 31, 2020

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday - Saturday

12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Monday - Wednesday and most holidays

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