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Mesa, AZ 85201
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Arts & Museums
i.d.e.a. Museum is an art museum located in the city of Mesa in Arizona. There are a number of exhibitions held at this place which showcase a range of designs in the field of technology and science. It provides a means to teach the younger generation about the various aspects of science by using art forms. They also organize fundraisers involving many well- known artists.
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.
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.
The site for this museum was completed in 1991, in what was once the 36,000 square-foot (3344.51 square meter) Tempe Public Library. This exhibit gallery sets its focus on the preservation and interpretation of Tempe's history. The museum also includes the Petersen House Museum, a Queen Anne Victorian house which showcases Tempe's daily life at the turn of the century. Permanent and changing exhibits and educational programs address Tempe's history from a state and national perspective.
Get a dose of local history at the Museum of Anthropology, which is a part of the Arizona State University. Grab the opportunity to view the exhibits displayed, that will give you an insight in the rocky arid desert, that Arizona was continues to be. The exhibits also take you into the lives of the natives, who have occupied this land for years and the cultural changes they have undergone with the advent of modernization. Do not miss out on the exhibit 'Room for the Dead', which offers you a glimpse into every aspect of a native's life. Another favorite of the visitors is 'Choosing the Good', which displays research done on the manner in which people from different communities form across the globe, resolve the same dilemma in different ways.
This museum's aim is to preserve and offer education on Central Arizona's history, from prehistoric times up through the 20th Century. Through many types of collections and exhibits, it offers interpretation of Arizona's transformed Salt River Valley region. Various subjects are covered, from Arizona's agriculture to the effects of World War II on the area. During specific hours, guests can visit an extensive library that includes more than 19,000 architectural drawings in a special collection, as well as many other resources.
Established in 1950, the Arizona State University Art Museum is housed in Nelson Fine Arts Center and the Cermamics Research Center on ASU's principal campus in Tempe. Featuring seven galleries, you will find an impressive range of contemporary art displays in this sprawling center. Spend the afternoon on an art-appreciation tour showcasing opulent ceramic and print collections as well as exhibitions by American and Latin artists. While the rotating exhibits change every quarter and gives the museum versatility, the expansive permanent ones offers an interesting aspect of art that is an imitation of real life. The Art Museum is an amalgamation of rich culture and artistic creations.
This culturally diverse public University is the third largest in the U.S., with nearly 50,000 full- and part-time students on all local campuses. The main educational center is located in Tempe, with satellites in Mesa and northwest Phoenix. In downtown Phoenix you will find another major extension. Quality degree programs are offered here from baccalaureate to doctorate. Awarded the status of Research I Institution in 1994, ASU is recognized as a leading-edge research facility. While you're on campus, check out ASU's Art Museum.