Special Events

Register for upcoming Camps and Family Programs.

Planning a Summer Party or Get together? Have it at Explora! We offer several different sized spaces and accommodations! Learn more.

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, June 1, 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:

Biomimicry: Nature & Design

Guest Scientist:

Kris Callori, Master of Biomimicry, Registered Architect, LEED Fellow, WELL AP, CEO of Verdacity, LLC.

Kris is fascinated by how native ecosystems collaboratively build community and solve design problems.  She is the founder of Verdacity, an Albuquerque-based sustainability consulting firm that guides teams to achieve high-performance building goals. Kris acknowledges that we have the intuitive knowledge as designers to create structures that are truly integrated with the surrounding environment.  She is an avid presenter and advocate for ideas that inspire the way we build, fostering continued progress towards a healthy and prosperous society.

Nature is designed to thrive, and we can interpret nature’s lessons to create innovative buildings and technologies. Biomimicry is the study of how natural adaptations can be applied by architectural designers to produce buildings that are better adapted to fit into their surroundings. Teens will practice the art of observation and interpretation, then participate in an interactive design activity inspired by nature.

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, July 28, 1:30 & 3:30
Sunday, July 29, 1:30

Dungeon Dilemma:

GASP!! Dr. Von Heister is once again up to no good and Science Girl is trapped in a dungeon with no way out…or IS there?? Once again, the audience in this drama becomes “Lab Assistants” and uses science to come to the rescue!! This show is a perfect sequel to “Dr. Von Heister’s Hijinks” or a show by itself!!

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.

Learn more about Science Girl’s Lab!

science girl's lab

Upcoming dates:

  • Saturday, July 28, 1:30 & 3:30
  • Sunday, July 29, 1:30

Sensory-Friendly Hours

Friday, June 22, 2018, 6:30-8:30pm

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.

Adult Night:  Don’t Try This at Home

Friday, May 18, 2018 for ages 18+

Have a fun Friday night at a great price! Enjoy a night of demonstrations and activities around the theme “Don’t Try This at Home!”

Advance purchase tickets available until noon Wednesday, May 16.

Learn more

Sponsored by the Alibi


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Coin Night at Tractor Brewing to benefit Explora

Tuesday, June 12

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

The next Adult Night is Friday, July 20, 2018, 6:30-10pm. The theme will be “Explora Olympics”

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, June 9, 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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