Special Events

Register for upcoming Camps and Programs:

Summer Camps for children Pre-K to grade 12. June 4-August 10, 2018

Learn about the NM Science Fiesta, May 14–20, 2018.

Adult Night:  Feeling Lucky?

Friday, March 16, 2018 for ages 18+

Have a fun Friday night at a great price! Enjoy a night of demonstrations and activities around the theme “Feeling Lucky?”

Advance purchase tickets available until noon Thursday, March 15.

Learn more

Fidelity Investiments Financial Literacy Workshops

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 1-2pm and 2-3pm

View 12 Months of Math April webpage.

What children know about money at a young age can shape the way they manage money in adulthood. Join Fidelity Investments in an interactive learning day designed to teach kids and families how money works and why financial literacy is an essential life skill. Fidelity Investments associates will present age appropriate activities on earning, spending, saving, and growing money along with interactive finance exhibits.

Location: Explora – 1701 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

Fidelity Investments will host 2 sessions of financial literacy workshops for children and families. Register Now

Science on Tap

Thursday, May 3, 2018, 5:30-6:30pm

A time to eat, drink & talk about science! Two topics this month.

Theme:  Dark Matter:  Origins, Evidence and Why you Should Care

Russell TerBeek, Ph.D., Physicist

Raytheon Albuquerque

As we look out into the night sky, it is tempting to think that the universe as we see it, as vast and magnificent as it is, could not possibly be any stranger.  But, back in the 1970s, physicists and astronomers began to suspect that all we could see couldn’t possibly be all there was.  In order to explain the behavior of galaxies, and even clusters of galaxies, some kind of stuff that clumped together and yet didn’t emit light – “dark matter” – needed to be thrown into the picture.  In fact, in order to fit the observational data, about four-fifths of all the matter in the universe would need to be “dark.”  For tonight’s talk, I’ll discuss the history of dark matter in astronomy, the ongoing search to find it on both astronomical and microscopic scales, some of the theories of what could make up this mysterious form of matter, and the experimental evidence so far.

Learn more at Science on Tap!

Teen Science Café

Friday, May 4, 2018, 5-7pm

Teens, meet other teens and meet a local scientist. Find out about their work and career. Free snacks, free science talk, demo, or activity. No advance registration needed.

This month’s topic:

Water Metrics: Science, Song, and Storytelling on New Mexico Acequias

Guest Scientist:

David F. Garcia, Ph.D., is from the northern New Mexican community of El Guache. An anthropologist and musical artist, he studies music, agriculture, and food ways in northern New Mexico as they relate to sustainability and the cultural survival of Indo-Hispano communities.

This café will approach the science of traditional agriculture through storytelling and song. The focus will be on acequias, the earthen gravity-conveyed irrigation canals used for generations throughout New Mexico. This interactive presentation includes unusual instruments, songs, and more! Bring your voices and learn about the science of the acequia.

Photo by Chris English

Funding assistance for Teen Science Café provided by the Urban Enhancement Trust Fund of the City of Albuquerque.

Science Girl’s Lab Performances at Explora

Join Science Girl in her adventures as she uses the power of science to stop Dr. Von Heister from devastating the planet Zonedar! These interactive shows makes science fun for all ages! The show is a half an hour long with a 15 minute Q&A with Science Girl. Free for Explora members or included with general admission.

Saturday, March 3, 1:30 & 3:30
Sunday, March 4, 1:30

Dr. Von Heister’s Hijinks

The audience becomes “Lab Assistants” as they help Science Girl find the perfect science experiment to chase off the evil Dr. Von Heister!  Join Science Girl in her secret lab for a   hilarious interactive adventure that combines learning with drama and SCIENCE, of course!!

Learn more about Science Girl’s Lab!

science girl's lab

Upcoming dates:

  • Saturday, May 12, – 1:30 & 3:30
  • Sunday, May 13, 1:30
  • Saturday, July 28, 1:30 & 3:30
  • Sunday, July 29, 1:30

Sensory-Friendly Hours

Sunday, April 15, 2018, 10am-noon

In partnership with New Mexico Autism Society, Explora is offering sensory-friendly hours. Regular admission fees apply. For more information about these extra hours call 505-224-8300.

During these sensory-friendly hours, individuals and families can enjoy a less sensory-stimulating visit.

  • Sensory-Friendly Entrance: an entrance that bypasses the store and admissions desk.
  • Sensory Spaces: quiet, low-light rooms upstairs and downstairs available to take a break from the exhibit floor.
  • Museum Toolkits: resources co-developed with NM Autism Society, like social stories, fidgets, visual schedules, and more.

Sensory-friendly hours and tools are offered in partnership with NM Autism Society with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and United Way of Central New Mexico.

Coin Night at Tractor Brewing to benefit Explora

Tuesday, April 10, 6-8pm

Explora has been selected by Tractor Brewing as one the 2018 non-profit beneficiaries of their Beer for a Better Burque (BBB) program. Celebrate the 2018 program’s launch on January 11, 6-8pm at Tractor’s Wells Park location, 1800 4th St NW, Albuquerque505-243-6752. Each non-profit will be there to introduce their organizations, and Tractor will donate one dollar of every beer you buy to the organization of your choosing! RJ Perez will be playing at 8pm, so stick around for music.

Additional Coin Nights for BBB 2018 will be held each month, some of which are at all Tractor taprooms. Check their calendar for the latest information.   Learn more

tractor brewing

Adult Night:  Wood is Good!

Friday, January 19, 2018, 6:30-10pm

Visitors ages 18+ enjoy Explora’s exhibits, t​ry some fun paper & wood engineering challenges, and enjoy woodworking and woodturning demos and activities with local partners. Tickets are now available to advance purchase. Learn more.

Sponsored by the Alibi


adult night

Adult Nights for ages 18+ Let your inner child out at an evening for grown ups!

The next Adult Night is Friday, May 18, 2018, 6:30-10pm. The theme will be “Don’t Try This at Home” Regular admission fees apply.

PoP: Meet a Scientist for all ages Meet local scientists for conversation and hands-on activities related to their work.

The next PoP: Meet the Scientist is Saturday, April 14, 1-4pm

Regular admission fees apply.

Visitor Information

HOURS: 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 at 2 pm on Dec. 24 and 31.

LOCATION: 1701 Mountain Road NW Albuquerque, NM 87104 505-224-8300 Contact Us

ADMISSION: 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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Explora is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and all purchases at our store are always tax-free. Proceeds from your purchases at Ideas, the store at Explora, help fund our programs and exhibits.

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