Explora is part science center, part children’s museum.
Admission to Explora
Adults 12-64 $8.00
Seniors 65+ $5.00
Children 1-11 $4.00
Children (under 1) FREE
Hours of operation are:
Mon-Sat: 10 am - 6 pm
Sun: 12 pm - 6 pm
Explora is closed on January 1, July 4, the week after Labor Day,
Thanksgiving, and December 25.
Do not miss the Explora Museum if you are travelling with kids in Albuquerque. I would even suggest that this place is fun even without kids.
Explora is a science and technology museum that caters to kids, and adults with child-like inquisitive minds. Walk in and you’ll see a maze of cubicles. Meander through these cubicles, and you won’t find bored coworkers, instead you’ll find a hands-on scientific experiments and displays at every stop.
Explora is arranged by categories, including gravity, water, air, music, math, electricity, chain reactions, and plenty of “in between” fun throughout the museum. Be forewarned, if you have a particularly scientific or engineering brained child, as do I, a few hours is not enough to experience Explora. My 11 year old could have spent hours at each hands-on display. In face, we all could have spent the entire day just playing (i.e. learning) while visiting this museum.
A few of my kiddos (ages 3, 7, and 11) favorite hands-on displays included:
-water flow display where kids can create their own dams
-air flow display where kids create their own flying creations; plenty of supplies are provided
-air flow display where kids can “fly” a model plane
-electricity displays where we wired our own light bulbs and buzzers
-arts and crafts with plenty of recycled material to create with
-big bubble making table
-chain reaction room filled with plenty of supplies to create your own chain reaction; note that this room is limited to kids ages 8 and over.
-make your own mini piano recordings
-rock out music instrument room
-piano massage chair where kids can feel sound waves
-a huge elevator stocked with sofas and chairs fit for a king
This museum is tons of fun and should be at the top of your list of places to visit in Albuquerque (whether you bring the kiddos along or not!).
Disclosure: Although I received complimentary admission to the museum, my opinions are always my own and not influenced by museum staff or affiliates.
Went to Explora for a Birthday party with 3 year olds and WOW! Definitely a perfect place for kids. They can touch everything and it is very interactive. Plus there are a ton of educational activities too. Perfect for kids 2-10. They have something for everyone.
Would highly recommend this place to anyone who is in the area. The kids thought it was such fun!! The exhibits change every so often, so when you go it may be different than the last time. It is fun for adults too because the kids have such a good time. Educational for kids and they do not even realize it. i wish every city had a clean, fun place like this!
This is a fabulous place for kids of all ages....great hands on activities and children use their minds without even realizing it...Everything from bubble tables and a maze wall and a bike that thr bigger kids can ride over the atrium. ... great place keeps everyone from my 2 year old to my 13...priced right also don't break the bank a must see
I've been to 4 children's museums in the past few months and this was definitely one of our favorites.
It seems that most children's museums have similar types of exhibits, but this was different! After touring any city and more "adult" museums, kids are dying to be able to touch and play. This was a very hands-on museum! At Explora, there were areas to explore light, sound, water, and air. I know that might sound common - but they weren't! I found many areas particularly fascinating as an adult! They even offer "Adult Night" once a month, where adults can come and play! So fun.
Some other highlights:
- The biggest elevator I've ever seen. It houses a couch and three chairs inside!
-A "cafe" type setting with booths that you could sit down in and play with different illusions that were on cafeteria style trays.
- Outside on the roof was an enormous "lincoln log" style cabin to build.
- A bicycle to ride on a tight wire (for older children)
- A shop area to play with gears, tools, and hardware
- Arts and Crafts room with tons of supplies to make any thing you want!
- Outdoor playground
Should you find yourself in ABQ, I couldn't recommend going there more. My children begged to go back!