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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
Phone Number: +1 505-224-8300
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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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Good for adults and kids

A great way to spend an afternoon. Kids and adults can both have fun. Lots of fully interactive exhibits covering a wide range of scientific concepts. There is too much to see... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A great way to spend an afternoon. Kids and adults can both have fun. Lots of fully interactive exhibits covering a wide range of scientific concepts. There is too much to see to really do it all in a day but the head starts to get overloaded after a few hours. I have been taking my 10 year old daughter... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A fun way to spend several hours entertaining the kids while learning hands-on about scientific principals. A lovely view from the roof-top play area is nicely shaded. My favorite space was the Bubble Room!

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a hands on museum aimed at children. Lots of fun exhibits to play with and a great museum store to take home something to build or play with. Once-a-month they have an adult's night... meaning the kids stay home and those that are young at heart get to play with the exhibits.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been here several times with my two kids. When they were younger (3 and below) it wasn't really worth it. Now that they are older they can do more things by themselves. If you do have little kids I recommend going at toddler time otherwise it can be very overwhelming.

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Blue Gap, Arizona, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My son and I visited this place a few times. The latest time we came on a very busy day but my son enjoyed his time! He was very happy that all the exhibits were interactive and fun to learn. We will planning another trip out there soon.

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Laguna, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this place can be super busy when schools are having field trips, so plan to go when its not a busy day. when you do go plan for an all day outing, there are many informative hands on booths.

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San Benito, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were in town for 2 days and decided to take our 4 yr old son. The place ha many different exhibits and is very entertaining and educational. Our son had a wonderful time and did not want to leave. Highly recommend this place, especially for young children.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent three hours here and only really got to see the first floor of this place (that took about 2.5 hours and we kind of rush through the top floor in .5 hour.) Children and adults will love this place.

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Brockport, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This place is second only to the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, NY, in terms of interactive fun for kids. It's kinda smallish, but packed with exhibits that allow kids to experience natural phenomena directly: how water flows, how moving air affects objects, how gravity works... My daughter doesn't usually go in for science museums like this (she was... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Explora is amazing. There are so many interactive activities and they let you control the outcomes. From water jets to making music, games of skill, and an outdoor park where you can build your own playhouse. I rode a bike on a cable across the room. You can create floating shapes on directed jets of air or see how the... More 

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Explora_ABQ, Public Relations Manager at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, responded to this review

Glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit! Our exhibits team strives to create environments in which people of all ages can have meaningful and fun learning experiences, so it is always nice to see, and hear about, our adult visitors having great time with our exhibit activities! Thanks for the visit and the review. More 

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