We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

IDEA Museum

Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 150 W Pepper Pl, Mesa, AZ 85201-7317 (Formerly Arizona Museum for Youth)
Phone Number: 480-644-2467
Website
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description:

An interactive art museum for children.

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 41 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 24
    Excellent
  • 8
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Good idea...just needs expanded I think

We brought my 1 year old granddaughter here. First of all...I don't like that they charge $8 for a one year old. I did like the idea of their toddler area...they did have a lot... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Bonnie K
,
Mesa, Arizona, United States
Add Photo Write a Review

41 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Showing 39: English reviews
Mesa, Arizona, United States
Level Contributor
38 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We brought my 1 year old granddaughter here. First of all...I don't like that they charge $8 for a one year old. I did like the idea of their toddler area...they did have a lot for her to do...she had fun. The only thing I didn't like was that it was supposed to be for 3 and under, but there... More 

Helpful?
Thank Bonnie K
Phoenix, Arizona
Level Contributor
69 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We made the mistake of coming on the first Sunday of the month. I think all the museums are free the first Sunday of each month. The place was packed! I would probably give it a higher rating, but it was wall to wall people and we didn't stay long.

Helpful?
Thank AZCityGirl
Chandler, Arizona
Level Contributor
30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

The kids loved it, it is fun, lots of exhibits that change year round, nice play area to the right in the front for younger kids and its hard to get kids to leave once they get going here

Helpful?
1 Thank Tiffany H
Maricopa, Arizona
Level Contributor
34 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016 via mobile

My 7 year old daughter loved this place. She's totally into arts and crafts right now and this was perfect for her!!! The staff was very friendly as well!!

Helpful?
1 Thank Janb1537
Odessa, Florida
Level Contributor
100 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016 via mobile

Really fun place for kids. Be sure to wear or bring socks for the no shoes room or you will not be allowed in that area, unless you want to buy their socks. Rooms/areas were full of hands on activities for all ages. Ideas were very decorative and artistic. Would definitely return. Beautiful set up.

Helpful?
1 Thank JCB556
Lisbon
Level Contributor
4 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

I took 2 boys age 9. They were entertained for awhile but I had to slow them down to do most things. Then it became evident that most activities were sit down, quiet activities like coloring. The venue needs some active bouncing things to do.

Helpful?
Thank Elin Bates D
Scottsdale, Arizona
Level Contributor
30 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2016

We took our 18 month old nephew for an afternoon on a hot summer day. What a fun time for the little guy. There was plenty to keep in engaged in the activities. One of the things we noticed was no one was crying. How unusual in a place full of toddlers! They were in their "happy place".

Helpful?
1 Thank Bonita2016
Phoenix, AZ
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Fun place for children to learn! My grandchildren (currently 26 and 23) loved it and still have wonderful memories of our visits. Things to see and things to do. It was great fun to sit on the floor and be creative...very special time for all of us.

Helpful?
1 Thank maxgram
Mesa, Arizona, United States
Level Contributor
69 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

This was a place that I didn't know existed when I moved here in 2005. In fact, I didn't know about it until I got a job here after teaching for 20 years! This is a place that has been rebranded from the Arizona Museum for Youth (AMY) to i.d.e.a. Museum (Imagination.Design.Experience.Art) They have revolving installments, about 4 per year... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank Maria F
Tucson, Arizona
Level Contributor
13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Along my journey exploring Mesa I found this family gem with younger children. The Idea Museum is the perfect activity for small children offering a creative outlet. Who doesn’t want to color, create and be inspired by science.

Helpful?
1 Thank Janell D

Travelers who viewed IDEA Museum also viewed

 

Been to IDEA Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of IDEA Museum and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (3)

Questions? Get answers from IDEA Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?