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Portal to the Public (PoP)

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Visitors of all ages are invited to meet scientists and engineers who are neighbors in the community. In Explora's Portal to the Public (PoP) programs, visitors participate in materials-rich, engaging activities as they learn about the current research of Albuquerque-area scientists and engineers.

Past activities, with scientists from Intel, Sandia National Labs, University of New Mexico, and Qynergy Corporation, have included experiments with lasers and optics, investigations on how steam can generate electricity, explorations on how tools can help us 'see' infrared and ultraviolet light, and challenges with brain teasers, just to name a few. 

PoP programs are inlcuded with regular admission, and free for Explora members.

PoP Science


Saturday, February 14

Sunday, April 12

Saturday, June 13

Sunday, August 9

Saturday, October 10

Sunday, December 13*

PoP Engineering


Saturday, January 10

Saturday, May 16

Upcoming event details:

*Sunday, December 13, 1-4 pm

  • Discover fluorescence and phosphorescence, with Patrick Johnson from UNM.
  • Explore tools that help us 'see' infrared and ultraviolet light normally invisible to our eyes, with Stephen Myers from Infrared LLC.
  • Investigate how steam can generate electricity, with Jeff Mahn from Sandia National Labs.
  • Get to the (very small) point: magnify surfaces with lasers and mirrors, with Stephen Jett from UNM.
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1701 Mountain Road NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104

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Mon-Sat: 10 am - 6 pm
Sun: 12 pm - 6 pm

Closed on Jan. 1, July 4, the week after Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Dec. 25. We close early at 2 pm on Dec. 24 and 31.

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Explora Members: Free
Children (under age 1): Free
Children (ages 1-11): $4
Adults (ages 12-64): $8
Seniors (age 65+, with ID): $5
Students or Military (with ID): $5

Groups: Reservations Required.
Please contact us if you require special assistance.

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