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Best Local Museums — International Museum Day (May 18th)

When thinking of museums in the Valley, people rarely list off some of the cultural sites of Mesa. However, it should be known that some of the most interesting and enlightening spots in the Valley can be found in Mesa. May 18th is International Museum Day, and in its honor, here are some of the best-known museums in the area.

Mesa Arts Center

1 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ

480-644-6500 • 10 am – 7 pm M-F • 10 – 5 Sat • 12 – 4 Sun

There’s something to appeal to everyone at the Mesa Arts Center. The sprawling complex offers an incredible combination of live theater, music, concerts and performances, festivals, events, and classes, as well as thought-provoking art exhibits in the MCA Museum.

i.d.e.a Museum

150 West Pepper Place, Mesa, AZ

480-644-6500 • 9 am – 4 pm T, TH & Sat • 9 – 6 Fri • 9 – 4 Sun • Closed Mon

An awesome destination for parents and kids! This museum is chock-a-block with unique educational experiences disguised as interactive exhibits, popular art, and art-inspired activities. Its mission is to introduce children to the world of art, the joys of self-discovery and self-expression, all while developing their cognitive thinking skills at critical points in their development.

Falcon Field

2017 N. Greenfield Road, Mesa, AZ
480-351-6032 • 10 am – 4 pm daily

Aviation and history buffs will be in heaven at Falcon Field! Visit the Commemorative Air Force Museum to trace the evolution of combat aircraft from World War I to present day. Learn as docents share inspirational stories and tales of heroic partnerships between pilots and their crew, and the critical support they provided to ground and sea operations. Watch planes take off and land at historic Falcon Field – or better yet – book a once-in-a-lifetime thrill ride in one of seven WWII aircraft including open biplanes and combat bombers. Simply unforgettable.

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