ExplorationWorks
ExplorationWorks
4.5
Children's Museums
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Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Voted Best Place for Kids’ Fun since 2011 by the Helena Independent Record, ExplorationWorks has something for kids ages 1-100! Explore your way with our many interactive activities and exhibits focused on all things science, technology, engineering, and math. Major exhibit changes occur 3-4 times per year, so no two visits are exactly alike. Please check our website for specific hours, special events, workshops & more!
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Stephanie L
14 contributions
Family
When I walked in I thought it was small, but this little museum packs a big punch. Lots of activities and everything was hands on. We took our 5 & 8 year old boys and they played for over and hour. There was whining going in about how museums are so “boring” but walking back out to our car they kept talking about the things they did inside and they said they had fun!
Written August 13, 2021
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haettenichtgedacht
Apex, NC49 contributions
Family
We visit every time we visit Helena, and the kids always love it. My oldest (now 10) even asked that we save an afternoon to go there. The exhibits are small and simple but fun, and they change frequently enough that there’s always new things when we go. The scarves in the tubes and the “farm to table” area are perineal favorites. This time my eldest loved the wheelchair race, my autistic child spent ages ordering all the colored rods in the LED wall and watching the bees, and my toddler and first grader adored playing in the giant water table.

We especially appreciated that the tickets were good for the entire day, because it allowed us to have lunch, ride the carousel, get some other things done, and use a return trip as incentive for the kids to keep moving and getting along. ;-)
Written August 22, 2022
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RKRRtpa
Tampa, FL4 contributions
Hands-on activities keep the kids busy and are also fun for adults. Our family also enjoys spending time in the nearby gardens and at the Great Northern Carousel. A fun way to spend an afternoon or morning!
Written July 22, 2022
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715MP
Jefferson City, MT11 contributions
It is a small museum. What is there is nice, but not worth the expense. I know they do have changing exhibits and they offer classes.
Written April 17, 2013
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joescuba2000
Denver, CO317 contributions
Guys, don't waste your money on this place. They put their dollars into the building's looks, to draw you inside, then into anything of quality inside. There is nothing of any real value inside. The first floor has a few basic science stuff, which are really not good at all and the second floor is basically classrooms if you can call them that.
I am a teacher and this place, although they want you to think their educational, is all hokey pokey !
Again, don't be fooled, this place is a complete waste of your money and time. Totally fake!!
Written August 7, 2014
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smdyl
Helena, MT202 contributions
Family
Exploration works is near the carousel and the Great Northern Hotel. It is a good place for young kids to visit on a rainy day.
Written July 27, 2013
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Michael Y
Conrad, MT14 contributions
Was very nice for younger aged children. There was somethings geared toward old children. Price was kind of high for what you got.
Written June 16, 2013
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D0nlan40
Helena, MT156 contributions
Friends
I am an Explainer at Exploration Works. That means I volunteer to assist students who are there on field trips. The students are always engaged and excited during the time they spend there.

If you go on your own you'll find something for all ages. There is a large area for toddlers to play and explore. There are revolving exhibits that teach older children about various subjects. Examples are eyes and weather.

The upstairs area is less formal and allows for interactive play.

All children enjoy the water area where they need to wear a raincoat but still get wet.

Children return again and again and learn something new each time.
Written April 28, 2013
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Hali H
1 contribution
Family
Cute museum but they force you to wear masks even if your the only people there, which is common because the place is always dead.
Written February 7, 2022
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AGLR
Longville, MN25 contributions
Family
Not as great as I thought it would be. Only 2 floors with very little to do. An okay way to burn an hour.
Written August 6, 2018
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We're so sorry to hear that your visit didn't live up to your expectations! If you have specific feedback on how we could have improved your experience, please send us an email at contact@explorationworks.org.
Written August 9, 2018
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ExplorationWorks is open:
  • Tue - Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM