Learn and play at a center that challenges people of all ages and backgrounds to explore, learn and critically think. Explore ... More
Learn and play at a center that challenges people of all ages and backgrounds to explore, learn and critically think. Explore art, science, technology, culture and fun. The museum contains a collection of over 250 interactive science, technology and art exhibits such as an experiment bar and a high-wire bike and robotics lab. Demonstrations, theatre performances and a variety of programs and activities are also offered. The museum store provides a wide array of bilingual and educational items. Call ahead to know more.
I can't say enough great things about our experience there. Everything taught and entertained us. It was very clean, well staffed, the best time parents can have with their children.
Thank you very very much!
If you are used to museums where "interactive" exhibits mean push a button and learning means to read a lot of signage, you will be pleasantly surprised by this center, which has few signs and no passive exhibits.
Everything here begs to be played with, experimented with, and encourages family fun and learning together. It is a place to return to again and again, whether to enjoy the exhibits (always something fresh and new) or to attend a summer camp or birthday party.
Or your visit could coincide with an adults only "Adult Night" when a theme can be explored without the kids.
There's a Rube Goldberg type of studio tucked away upstairs for people ages 8 and up to build their own contraptions out of recycled materials.
Another area explores sound through many exhibits in which sound can be felt and seen. Interesting for adults and even a preschooler would enjoy most of the activities.
This truly is a place with "ideas you can touch".
Explora is the best place to visit for family fun, hands down! I have visited Explora with my husband and 3 kids several times, and we all always have fun. The real test, though, was visiting Explora with 17 other family members ranging in age from 3 to 62. We all found something we liked, whether it was making a short film with toys, building a dam, or making giant bubbles (just to name a few of the exhibits we liked best). Explora is simply one thing you can't miss out on if you're living in, or visiting, Albuquerque.
I can't say enough about how awesome this place is. It isn't just a science center or a museum...it is a fun house! The kids cheer when I tell them we may return. From the visitor-controlled water fountain art to the living room-sized elevator, we love it! The boys would stay at the water table all day long where they can play with water currents, creating dams and lakes until the water pressure breaks the dam and they try something new. Our daughter enjoyed identifying the colors she could separate out of a simple leaf and trying some of the physics activities. I have never seen anything like this and would strongly encourage anyone visiting Albuquerque who ever wondered about erosion and land forms, electricity, water, gravity, computer binary code, or so much more to visit Explora. They have what must be the world's largest "mousetrap" marble contraption, dozens of mind-boggling activities and illusions, live animals, craft activities, giant bubble table, aerial bicycling, computer-generated art that is based on your hand pattern and heat, and just one activity table after another. It is like the ultimate Montesorri hands-on experience for kids from 2 to 102 years old. Get to Albuquerque and visit what must be the most creative hands-on learning place in the world!
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