The International Museum of Art & Science has been creating an inspirational environment that has been educating and entertaining thousands each year for 50 years! To showcase this incredible milestone, IMAS will be hosting special activities, programs, events, exhibitions and a 50th Anniversary Gala. This celebrations kicks off with a special thank you with FREE GENERAL ADMISSION for MCALLEN RESIDENTS from January 8th through the 16th.

*Visitors need to present a valid ID at the IMAS front desk when checking in.

History of IMAS

IMAS was chartered under the laws of the State of Texas on June 2, 1967. On October 7, 1968, the Junior League Museum Board entered into a leaning agreement with McAllen for a 5,000 square foot building. Initial funding came from donations by local business firms, civic organizations and individuals. An executive director was employed in June 1969, and building renovations were completed. The Museum was dedicated and formally opened to the public on October 26, 1969. On July 4, 1976, a new building was constructed and completed as a Bicentennial Project, and the Museum moved to 1900 Nolana, where it currently stands.

An additional 17,259 square feet with three classrooms, an artist studio, café, gift shop, theater and hands-on exhibition space called the “Children’s Discovery Pavilion” were constructed and completed in 2001 with partial funds by the New Millennium Capital Campaign. That same year, the museum completed its “Community Big Build” project and unveiled “RioScape: A Children’s Discovery Park”, incorporating play in an outdoor learning environment that reflects scientific and environmental concepts specific to the Rio Grande River. The Museum currently has over 50,000 square feet of exhibit space and public access areas.

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McAllen is bustling with great events for family friendly fun. From IMAS to city-led events, Explore McAllen has your insight on the festivities! Check our Facebook and Twitter pages for all of the latest events.


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