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“A fun day for kids”
Review of Explorium

Explorium
Ranked #49 of 120 things to do in Lexington
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Owner description: Here's a museum where you can touch and play with everything! Explorium of Lexington is a fun and dynamic hands-on learning environment that inspires imagination and curiosity for kids of all ages. Open Tuesday - Saturday from 10AM to 5PM and Sundays from 1 to 5PM. Open Mondays from Memorial Day - Labor Day 10-5. Admission is $8 per person.
Appalachian Mtns
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“A fun day for kids”
Reviewed July 27, 2011

This Is a nifty kids museum with plenty to do. Cheap admission- only five bucks and my kids had just as much fun here as they have at our local high priced kid's museum! It seemed from the website that it was geared toward the younger kids but my 10 year old had as much fun as my littler ones. This is an inexpensive place to have your kids blow off some steam in the winter months

Visited January 2011
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Springboro, Ohio
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“The kids loved it”
Reviewed July 7, 2011

This was a planned stop on a long car trip. The kids were able to burn off some energy with all the fun hands-on exhibits. Our 5 year old liked the bubble room, the horse exhibits and climbing the mountain wall best. Our 1 year old enjoyed playing in the water tables and exploring the area especially for toddlers. Older kids may be bored, but this is a great place for little ones. My kids were sad to go and keep asking when we are going back.

Visited July 2011
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Oklahoma
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“"One of the oldest children’s museums in the United States", and it shows.”
Reviewed May 30, 2010

Bottom Line Up Front: This is a museum that desperately needs some TLC. A handful of volunteers, a few hundred dollars, and an empty weekend could work wonders at the Explorium.

It looks like the economic tough times have hit everyone, and this museum is no exception. We took our two daughters (19mos and 4yrs) to the Explorium this weekend and were extremely disappointed with the experience.

We read the reviews here on Tripadvisor and planned a day trip to Lexington (2 hours by car) during the Memorial Day Holiday. Unfortunately, the best part of the day was the beautiful scenery on the Bluegrass Parkway, and NOT the museum.

According to their website, the Explorium is "one of the oldest children’s museums in the United States", and it shows. Many of the exhibits were rundown and in poor condition, and the overall feeling was one of tiredness. There is plenty of potential (or former greatness?) here, but they need to invest some money and time back into the museum to bring it up to presentable levels.

My wife talked with the staff about several of the exhibits and they told her that they were under new management and things were changing...not sure if we believe it or not. After paying $7 per person we definitely felt ripped off.

Cons:
- Most of the attractions looked like they had seen heavy use and low/no maintenance. Labels were worn off, handles were broken, and many were missing pieces. A few examples:
-- Water/river exhibit was missing water! 2 of the 3 water areas were inoperable.
-- Bubble wall was missing a pulley and rope.
-- Vegetable garden was uninteresting with worn rubber cauliflowers and unidentifiable veggies.
-- Logic puzzles were missing pieces.
-- Computer exhibits weren't functioning properly or broken.
- Overall cleanliness of the rooms/areas was unsatisfactory.

Pros:
- Art station/studio was nice with plenty of supplies and room for little kids to work.
- Daily event with staff (they built windsocks when we were there).
- Exhibit of art from child artists.
- Dinosaur fossil replicas were interesting and in good shape.
- Newly installed interactive world map was in good shape with working computer and projector.

If I had to guess, I think the real focus of this museum is on the events that they sponsor, such as art, yoga, or parenting classes, hosting birthday parties, summer camp activities, etc.

Our kids didn't learn much, if anything. They enjoyed playing with some of the exhibits, but we weren't looking for a place to park our kids for an hour, we wanted a family experience where we all could play and learn together. We could have taken our kids to an indoor playground at the mall for free, and had a better time.

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Kentucky
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24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great place for the kids.”
Reviewed March 20, 2009

Kids loved this place. Plenty of things for them to do and see. Parking is on street so can be hard to find a spot.

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Dayton, Ohio
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166 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Great children's museum”
Reviewed March 9, 2009

We took our kids (ages 2 and 4) on a trip to Kentucky. On the first day we stopped at the Kentucky Horse Park and then the Explorium of Lexington. Our kids definitely enjoyed the Explorium much more than the horse park. They became tired of walking through the horse park, and there weren't very many horse when we visited in March. However, if you still want the "horsey" experience for kids, definitely go to the Explorium. There are life-size horse models that the kids can sit on and brush. My kids really enjoyed the "bubble room" and the pre-school areas of this museum. There's also a room filled with giant legos, a dinosaur area, a moon area, a shadow room, an area of baby dolls, and more. My kids were the perfect age for this museum, but I wouldn't recommend it for kids much older than 8 or 10.

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