I.D.E.A. Museum

A nonprofit organization

1 donor

Museum is a public-private partnership with the City of
Mesa and i.d.e.a. Museum Board of Directors, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to supporting the museum.

i.d.e.a. Museum inspires children of all ages to
experience their world differently through art, creativity and imagination; therefore, the mission of the Board of Directors, Inc. is to provide sustainable resources to fulfill i.d.e.a. Museum’s mission through fundraising, advocacy, and partnerships. Our vision is to create infinite possibilities for i.d.e.a. Museum.

The mission of the i.d.e.a. Museum is to inspire children
of all ages to experience their world differently through art, creativity and imagination. Vision is to be the premier interactive museum for families in the world.

i.d.e.a. Museum creatively enhances, improves and expands
our use of art and art-inspired activities by adding science, engineering, technology and design in multi-sensory experiences. Our goal:  providing even more opportunities for families to create together. Our passion: to develop individual and collective creativity in its many forms, not just art. Our vision:  a place for your child and the child within you.

Interactive spaces include: Whiteman Family Exhibition Gallery:  3 fun, educational hands-on art exhibitions will be presented each year incorporating S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art and math) concepts through
local, national and international artists’ work.

HUB: Like the central part of a wheel or a computer networking device where several routes meet, HUB is designed for diverse activities leading the explorer to one’s own imagination. It is the intersection of imagination and
experience through collaborative making, spontaneous
creation, full-body movement, problem-solving and inspiration. Over 10 different opportunities to create in this space.

ArtVille: Families and children immerse themselves in our national trend-setting, larger-than-life art town.• Little ones birth to 4 years of age experience key developmental and
neurological milestones. This space helps shape motor skills, tactile senses, early literacy, vocabulary, self-expression and imagination.

Museum is also supported in part by: AZ Commission on the Arts which receives support from the State of AZ and the National Endowment for the Arts; Boeing; Stoker Ostler, a part of BMO Financial Group; AVNET; Timken Foundation of Canton; The Steele Foundation; Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust; Channel 12 KPNX; as well as through the financial support of several other generous corporations, individuals and foundations. We partner with a variety of organizations annually from within the Valley in order to leverage the assets, expertise and abilities of all involved. A sample includes: Boeing, Girl Scouts AZ Cactus–Pine Council, AZ
State University, Phoenix Zoo, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, AZ SciTechFest, AZ Museum of Natural History, Mesa Arts Center, and Desert Botanical Garden.

The Museum has on average over 65,000 onsite annual visitors of all ages, cultures, socio-economic backgrounds and abilities, from all across Arizona, the United States and Internationally. School & Group Tours are comprised
of over 7,000 guests annually, including many Title I Schools. Target's Three-For-Free Program created to provide access on the first Sunday of each
month to families who cannot afford general admission. Average visitation 1,000
each free Sunday; over 12,740 visitors annually.  Outreach has over 4,300 participants. We have
over 2,000 member households.

Organization Data


Organization name

I.D.E.A. Museum

Tax id (EIN)



Arts & Culture Education Children & Family


P.O. Box 77
MESA, AZ 85211


(480) 644-5564