Museum timed tickets available now!

We're open Thursday through Sunday to our entire community with reduced capacity and timed tickets. Online ticket reservations currently required.

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

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Help bring the Atrium to life!

You can make a difference in the lives of children. A donation today will bring engaging interactives that nurture creativity and support early learning to our outdoor space.

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. Plus, join us on Wednesdays when we debut new creative videos!

See it again!

Embark on a storytelling adventure that nurtures creative thinking. Check out new activities.

Note: Materials packaged separately.

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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!

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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 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.


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 Thursday through Sunday. To manage limited capacity, online timed ticket reservations are required. Also, face coverings are required for everyone ages 6 and up and recommended for visitors between the ages of 2 and 6.

FYI: Closed MLK Day, Jan. 18.


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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 have been extended for the duration of the temporary 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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Experiment & Learn: Classes

Messy Creation classes, camps and other workshop aim to spark curiosity & a love for learning. Virtual options coming soon! Check our iArt page for at-home activities.

Activities: girls painting

Gifts: Make a Difference

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

NEW! Help bring our Atrium to life – we’re seeking to raise $25,000 to invest in outdoor interactives. Can we count on you?

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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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Art of the Story exhibition

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


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Imagine & Design: HUB Gallery

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

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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

Starting Oct. 31

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

12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Monday - Wednesday and most holidays

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