951 W. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201
Phone: (480) 833-1231
Fax: (480) 827-0513
Arts & Museums
The Arizona Museum for Youth is for children of all ages. Interactive activities have been the hallmark of this unique museum, making it a fun place to be, with its hands-on activities, classes and workshops. With two galleries, ArtVille, a permanent exhibition and activity zone for toddlers and ArtZone, for kids who are five and older, it aims to promote artistic creativity through fine art. It is also a great place for grown-ups, whether parents or not, to enjoy a memorable outing.
Arizona's premier museum of southwestern cultural and natural history, the Mesa Southwest Museum features the largest collection of dinosaur fossils in the state. This 80,000 square foot facility holds 58,000 objects in its collection. Located on the second floor of the museum, the Mesa Southwest Museum Research Library is a non-circulating library specializing in southwest natural and cultural history.
Visit the prehistoric era and learn about the fascinating world of dinosaurs. The Arizona Museum of Natural History has done a commendable job in preserving and presenting these creatures, in addition to other exhibits that are dedicated to local anthropology and natural history. The museum takes visitors right back to the time when the earth was formed. Galleries in the museum display replicas and give visitors the opportunity to understand the aspects of paleontology. Ongoing exhibitions include Origins, Dinosaur Hall, Paleo Dig Pit, Heritage Wall, Fun with History!, Exploration Station and many more. Check out their website to help plan you visit ahead.
If a fan of contemporary art, then the Mesa Arts Center is the place for you. This place constantly displays art work created by both well-known artists as well as amateurs. Enter and be amazed in this world of canvas and colors. However that is not all; check their website to know more about their performing arts schedule. With comfortable seating, a great stage view and superb acoustics, you are bound to enjoy all of their scheduled performances.
Mesa Contemporary Arts Center, is an exhibition area within Mesa Arts Center, a name synonymous with contemporary art. This place houses five galleries, each displaying unique creations by aspiring artists as well as established, renowned ones. Visitors are amazed to discover the creative vision reflected in each exhibition. 'Fire & Sand' and 'Glass Sessionism' are just few examples of this ingenuity. For those who wish to hone their artistic skills after browsing through this inspiring collection, can enroll for the various workshops and lectures conducted here. Some of these exhibits have been worked upon by artists for decades.
Mesa Historical Museum was founded in 1987 to chronicle and display Mesa's historical heritage by the Mesa Historical Society. The exhibits give detailed information about the history of Mesa and its settlers. Check website for more details.
Center for Meteorite Studies, a part of the Arizona State University, houses an extensive collection of meteorites. The collection numbering in the thousands supports global geological and planetary research.
This collection contains the political papers, books, photographs, maps, and records of prominent Arizona individuals, including Goldwater, and important businesses. This is open Monday through Friday.
Interactive exhibits and contemporary history exhibits are on display at this museum. A research library and gift store are on site. Guided tours are available.
This collection features contemporary American works of art, but focuses more on Southwestern styles of art.
Five to six technology related exhibits including historical technology exhibits, integrated media exhibits, and technology-generated artwork are featured yearly at this gallery . They are open Monday through Friday.
View traveling exhibits at this gallery that focuses on architecture, designs, landscapes, and urban planning. Open Monday through Friday.