Several exhibits are on their way out of local museums this month, including the Arizona Science Center’s blockbuster “Mummies of the World,” exhibit, which ends on Labor Day. Here’s how to catch them before they’re gone!
It’s Your Turn — Color! (through Sept. 2). This Heard Museum exhibit gives kids and families a chance to experiment with color and pattern with activities such as weaving and coloring a postcard. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. $18; $7.50 for ages 6-17; free for ages 5 and younger. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-252-8840 or heard.org
Mummies of the World (through Sept. 2). The Arizona Science Center’s blockbuster exhibit of 40 human and animal mummies and 85 rare artifacts came to Phoenix from Hungary. “Mummies” offers a look at life in ancient Egypt, South America and Europe. Multimedia stations take visitors on a 4,500-year journey. $7.95-$11.95 plus general admission: $18; $13 for ages 3-17; free for ages 2 and younger. 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix. 602-716-2000 or azscience.org/mummies
Roadside USA (through Sept. 8). The summer road trip is an American tradition, and the i.d.e.a. Museum in Mesa’s exhibit celebrates the unique destinations and culture surrounding the quintessential pastime with photos, art and hands-on activities. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. $9; free for babies younger than 1 year. i.d.e.a. Museum, 150 W. Pepper Place, Mesa. ideamuseum.org
The Electric Guitar: Inventing an American Icon (through Sept. 15). Learn about the history of the electric guitar, from its invention to its role in changing American (and world) music. See more than 80 of the world’s rarest electric guitars and amplifiers and learn about groundbreaking musicians. $7-$10. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. 480-478-6000 or mim.org
The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s 50th Birthday (through Aug. 31). Butterfly Wonderland partnered with Penguin Publishing and author Eric Carle on this exhibition celebrating the 50th birthday of the classic children’s book. Activities include seeing live caterpillars and other creatures from Eric Carle’s books, larger than life storybook pages from “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” in the conservatory, photo opportunities with character backdrops, caterpillar trading cards, meet and greets with “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” character, face painting, special story times and movies on select dates.