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Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque

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Address: 1701 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1396
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+1 505-224-8300
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun 12:00 - 18:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 18:00

Explora is an innovative learning place, part science center, part...

Explora is an innovative learning place, part science center, part children's museum, providing fun, truly hands-on activities in science, technology, and art for people of all ages, from toddlers to teens to adults. We have an early childhood learning area, including a special area for toddlers to explore, and children and adults enjoy not only our two main floors of exhibit activities, but our outdoor decks with views, giant building blocks, playground patio, and gift shop filled with entertaining and educational items great for at home or travel fun. We offer after-school, home school, and early childhood classes, plus winter, spring, and summer camps for kids. Located in Albuquerque's historic Old Town, Explora has free parking and is perfectly situated for a walk to the nearby park, shops, and restaurants.

We close Jan 1, July 4, the week after labor day, Thanksgiving, Dec. 25.

We close early at 2pm Dec. 24 & 31.

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So much fun!

We took my granddaughter here, and she wanted to stay all day. She couldn't tear herself away from some of the exhibits. Although she was too short to ride the high-wire biccycle... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took my granddaughter here, and she wanted to stay all day. She couldn't tear herself away from some of the exhibits. Although she was too short to ride the high-wire biccycle, there were plenty of other things to do. She learned how to fly an airplane with a 3-foot-wingspan model plane in a wind tunnel, and how airspeed going... More 

1 Thank c5mjb
Hobbs, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

We visited Explora well over a year ago. This place just gets better! I love that they maintain and change out the different exhibits and activities they have for the kids. It's really great too that they have a cordoned off place for the smaller children to play. I really wish we lived in Albuquerque so we could further utilize... More 

1 Thank Brittney D
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

My girls really enjoyed this place every time we go.They play and learn at the same time. I will recommend it for kids from 5 yrs to 12 yrs old.

Thank Gemma Z
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

We took our grandchildren here last summer. They loved it so much they begged to go back the next day. It is pricey but so worth it!

Thank ABQResident
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Even if you do not like science this is a very fun place. lets you explore on your own. Fun experiments and challenges for all ages.

Thank Diane S
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

Kids absolutely love this place, with fun and educational things to do you cant beat it. Probably not enough for a full day but more than enough to do for a half day. The bubble station, water flow area, and air flow areas are especially fun. Don't forget to checkout the outdoor activities on nice days and bring a picnic... More 

Thank Alex F
Jackson, Mississippi
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Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

The kids and adults alike enjoy the Explore! I have taken my grandsons over and over Each time they have a good time. It's fun, interesting Great parking. Close to downtown if you need to get lunch. Not expensive .

Thank lisasparks58
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

Whether child or adult with a "little child" within, you're certain to enjoy this. Also, close by, i.e., walking distance, other museums in the area so make a day of it.

Thank 402RichardS402
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Reviewed 9 April 2017

Rode past this venue on an ABQ tour last year and kept it in mind to take the grandchildren to visit this year when we all flew in. What a great place to entertain and educate the kids at the same time. They had a blast!!! On the final dinner of our trip, the kids were asked what was their... More 

1 Thank William G
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Reviewed 5 April 2017

The place is a vestibule of science, music, and all sorts of weekly updates to the exhibits. By which I mean, they have new exhibits every week. Genuinely imaginative, always developing, and anyone can find something that captivates them within. Surprisingly different and positive museum experience.

Thank Brett P

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