Mesa museums

Three downtown Mesa museums will offer free admission 6-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, for Merry Museums, a Museum Discovery Day event. Participating museums are Arizona Museum of Natural History, the i.d.e.a. Museum and Mesa Contemporary Art Museum. 

The free days and evening events are aimed at making science, art and hands-on activities accessible to families of all economic backgrounds. 

The museums may implement timed tickets at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. No advanced tickets will be distributed.

Should there be wait time for entry, visitors can check out holiday-themed activities taking place at Merry Main Street – another City of Mesa family-friendly event – and 2nd Friday Night Out in Downtown Mesa. Those attractions include food trucks, a Christmas market and an ice rink.

The Arizona Museum of Natural History, 53 N. Macdonald, has dinosaurs, gold panning and a Hohokam village. The i.d.e.a. Museum offers various creative experiences and a solar system exhibition.

Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum – featuring 4 special exhibitions – is always free. It will be open late during Merry Museums. Visitors are encouraged to check out the jazz-themed exhibitions.

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