Museum Announcements

Timed tickets available now!

UPDATED 9/9/21 Visitors may purchase daily admission ticket in person or online to save time and skip the line. i.d.e.a. Museum members do not need to make online reservations for regular daily admission; please check in at the member desk. Online tickets are posted...

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Museum Admission Policy

  UPDATED 8/19/21 The i.d.e.a. Museum – which is owned by the City of Mesa and supported by the i.d.e.a. Museum Foundation – is open to our community. We are thrilled to welcome you back! As of July 1, 2021, the i.d.e.a. Museum is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday...

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FAQs: Preparing for your visit

UPDATED 9/9/21 Welcome to the i.d.e.a. Museum! Please check out these FAQs below for some of the common questions about our ticket reservations and activities. Also, please note that we will be continuing to update you regarding any changes to our operations. Q: Will...

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Museum Update October 2020

Message from Sunnee O’Rork, executive director of the i.d.e.a. Museum: We have some fantastic news to share! The i.d.e.a. Museum will be welcoming member and donor families back starting on Saturday, Oct. 31. And we will open to the general public the following...

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September 2020 Museum update

Message from Sunnee O'Rork, executive director of the i.d.e.a. Museum: We appreciate your thoughtful notes and your questions about what's happening at the i.d.e.a. Museum while we're temporarily closed, due to the number of cases of Covid-19 in Arizona. Well, what...

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Museum Update – July 2020

Hello Members and Friends,   We appreciate the kind notes you’ve been sharing with us during our extended intermission due to Arizona’s health crisis. We miss seeing you in person immensely, too!   With the high number of cases of COVID-19 in Maricopa...

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Museum update – May 2020

Hello Friends, Thank you for your ongoing support during our temporary closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We know families are seeking to return to the normal we once knew. We do, too. You may be wondering when we will be opening again for creative experiences, as...

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Why do you love art?

For International Museum Day on May 18, the i.d.e.a. Museum staff answered why they love art. We hope you, too, will share why you love art. And, please send us pics of your art creations you are making at home while we are temporarily closed. We hope to see the...

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Celebrating Week of the Young Child

Early childhood education is central to our mission and goals at the i.d.e.a. Museum. That’s because a wealth of development and growth occurs in children between birth and age 5. This time of life is full of joy, wonder, curiosity and discovery. And it’s when...

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Update to our museum members and supporters

Statement from i.d.e.a. Museum regarding our temporary closure due to coronavirus: First, our i.d.e.a. Museum staff hopes you and your family are healthy and finding ways to cope during this unprecedented time. For our museum members, donors and supporters, we are...

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Temporary closure starting March 17

Statement from i.d.e.a. Museum regarding our temporary closure due to coronavirus:   Out of an abundance of caution and to support other preventive measures underway, the City of Mesa has decided to temporarily suspend all public operations at the City's museums...

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Museum Discovery Day (March 15) postposed

While the cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) remain low in Arizona, we have decided to postpone Museum Discovery Day due to the crowds it attracts. A new date will be announced soon, as we seek to make science, art and hands-on activities accessible to families of all...

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