Each May The International Council of Museums designates a day as International Museum Day. In 2017, International Museum Day is celebrated on or around May 18. The theme for 2017 is "Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums." Several Central Arizona Museums host special events throughout the month of May to focus attention on our wonderful museums.
Of course, we have many exciting museums in the Greater Phoenix area that offer free admission on a regular basis, and some are free every day. See a list of Phoenix area museums with free admission.
I will add more museums to this list as the day approaches. Check back!
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"The i.d.e.a. Museum is the place to explore your imagination through design in art, science and technology!" It was formerly known as the Arizona Museum for Youth. Two-for-one admission. This offer cannot be combined with other discounts and does not apply towards group/tour packages. Other restrictions may apply.
Guests are encouraged to make their way through the Caped Crusaders & Everyday Heroes exhibition to unmask hero legends and experience hero art from around the world. Also, learn about real people making an impact in science, medicine and the global community in the Hero’s Hall of Fame. Hands-on activities will include:
- Experience a superpower (via green screen)
- Create superhero masks and stories
- Design artwork electronically in iArt
- Test your recycling knowledge with the Recycle Fun touch-screen game
- Build a chain-reaction machine in Build It!
- Children ages 0-4 can explore with soft blocks and imagination in ArtVille’s many specialty rooms. (Socks are required for everyone entering ArtVille.)
In 2017: Thursday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Pueblo Grande Museum is the site of the prehistoric Hohokam's archaeological ruins of the platform mound, ballcourt and canal systems. In addition, the outdoor interpretive trail has replicated housing and agricultural systems. Inside are three exhibit galleries and a theatre that focus on the Hohokam, archaeology, native people, and the southwest. Photos and More About Pueblo Grande Museum.
In 2017: Free admission on Thursday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free gallery tours and artifact show-and-tell stations in the galleries where guests can see up close, touch, and ask questions about different artifacts.
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"A gem in the heart of historic Wickenburg, Desert Caballeros Western Museum's educates and enhances the appreciation & understanding of the art, history, cultural legacy and wonder of the Southwest!" Driving Times and Distances to downtown Wickenburg.
In 2017: Free admission on Thursday, May 18
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A fully-restored 1895 Queen Anne Victorian house museum which interprets the history of Phoenix. Tours of the house include all living areas and offer visitors a glimpse into the lifestyles of early Phoenix families. Tours run every hour starting at 10 a.m. with the last tour at 3 p.m. Open until 4 p.m. Mention International Museum Day in the Museum Store when you purchase tickets, and you will receive buy one admission get one of equal or lesser value free. Heritage Square, Downtown Phoenix.
In 2017: Thursday, May 18Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Phoenix Art Museum will offer a 20% Member discount and a 10% general admission discount to The Museum Store and Palette all day long. The regularly scheduled docent led tours and mindfulness event at noon will be offered. Exhibition catalogs will be given to all general admission and Member visitors.
In 2017: Thursday, May 18
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