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International Museum of Arts & Science

The International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS), a Smithsonian Affiliated and accredited by the American Association of Museums is the premiere art and science museum of South Texas.

The Museum provides a unique opportunity for visitors to participate in hands-on science exhibits and to learn original works of art while engaging the creative mind. While displaying a number of revolving art and science exhibits each year IMAS also maintains a permanent collection that includes European paintings from the 16th to 19th century, Japanese prints, lithographs by Pablo Picasso and works from local and Mexican artists.

Contact Information

1900 Nolana Avenue
McAllen, TX 78501
Phone: (956) 682-0123

General admission

Tuesday – Sunday
Members: Free
Adults:$7.00
Seniors (55+): $5,00
Students (with I.D.): $5.00
Children (4-12 years): $4.00
Children (0-3 years): Free
Museums For All: $1.00
(Must present EBT card and/or WIC. Upto four people per card.)
  • Tuesday – Sunday
  • Members: Free
  • Adults:$7.00
  • Seniors (55+): $5,00
  • Students (with I.D.): $5.00
  • Children (4-12 years): $4.00
  • Children (0-3 years): Free
  • Museums For All: $1.00
    • (Must present EBT card and/or WIC. Upto four people per card.)

Operating Hours

Tues, Wed, Fri and Sat: 9 am to 5 pm
Thursdays: 9 am to 8pm
Sundays: 1 pm to 5pm

Exhibits

The Discovery Pavilion is constantly changing. The newest and current exhibit, Electricity, is one that brings science and the history of electricity to life through interactive activities composed of 19 hands-on stations. Along with Electricity, younger guests can get involved in KIDSTRUCTION, a new hands-on interactive exhibit that allows for playful invention and creation.

Five stations allow visitors of all ages to spend time experimenting and creating with LEGO, K’nex and Keva Planks. As for permanent exhibits, two of them explore water as one our most precious natural resources as part of the “Smart About Water” Program sponsored by the McAllen Public Utilities Board.

Another fascinating and newly permanent and must-see exhibit is Science On a Sphere (S.O.S), located inside the IMAS Theatre. A way to illustrate planetary and celestial systems like never before, this state-of-the-art exhibit was designed by NASA and the National Oceanic & Atmosphere Administration (NOAA).

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