Join us at the i.d.e.a. Museum during the upcoming discounted or free days – made possible through generous donations and grants to support our Access for All programs.
Next Museum Discovery Event: Merry Museums!
6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2019
The i.d.e.a. Museum participates in a few free admission days and nights as part of the City of Mesa’s Museum Discovery series. This December, Merry Museum returns on a Friday evening. The 2020 schedule is still in development.
Complimentary access is part of a move toward offering Museum Discovery events on select days or evenings by City of Mesa cultural institutions, including the Arizona Museum of Natural History. These free days and evening events are aimed at making science, art and hands-on activities accessible to families of all economic backgrounds.
At the i.d.e.a. Museum, guests can experience imaginative and creative experiences in ArtVille and the HUB Gallery. Also, visitors may venture into our current art exhibition, Weather or Not: Art with Atmosphere. Through art and hands-on activities, curious kids of all ages will embark on a fun, scientific adventure. Activities include creating weather art, experimenting with light and color, acting like a meteorologist in our green screen room. Plus, don’t miss exploring the black light room, featuring a rain forest.
Free days are very popular and attract crowds. No registration is required, but the museum may implement timed tickets at the door if capacity is reached to better serve visitors, avoid long lines and allow as many people as possible to enjoy the museum. Tickets, if issued, would be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. No advanced tickets will be distributed.
Should there be wait times during Merry Museums, visitors may also experience holiday activities within walking distance at Merry Main Street – another City of Mesa family-friendly activity. Enjoy food trucks, a Christmas market, an ice rink and more.
Museum Discovery events are made possible through financial support from the City of Mesa, as well as individual donors and grants that fund the museum’s Access for All programs, including Wells Fargo Foundation and Season for Sharing.
Did you know? The i.d.e.a. Museum and Arizona Museum of Natural History also offer discounted admission for economically challenged families, so they may experience the museum without the crowds typical on free days. Families who present their Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card qualify for a $2 admission per person (up to 6 people) and may visit both museums during business hours that are convenient for their families.
ABOUT CITY OF MESA ARTS & CULTURE
Mesa’s Department of Arts and Culture includes the Arizona Museum of Natural History, i.d.e.a. Museum and Mesa Arts Center, all located in downtown Mesa, Arizona. The mission of the department is to strengthen, for all, the creative, social and economic fabric of our community and region through inspiring, relevant, engaging and transformational cultural experiences and cross-sector collaborations.
The i.d.e.a. Museum is a proud participant in Museums for All – a cooperative initiative between Association of Children’s Museum and Institute of Museum and Library Services.
This initiative allows families presenting an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card and valid photo ID receive a discounted museum admission ($2 per person; limit 6 in a family) when they stop by the i.d.e.a. Museum.
This signature access program encourages families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits.
Please note: Cannot be used with other discounts.
For more information about our program click below.
Also enjoy these activities and more:
- Build a master project on Rigamajig
- Design your dream robot in Robot Corner
- Create with pixels, gears and more in Wee Design
- Play in ArtVille* (a socks-only space aimed at ages 0-4)
- And much more!
*Please note: Socks are required for everyone entering ArtVille.
150 W. Pepper Place
Mesa, AZ 85201
Free for members and those under age 1
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