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Sensory-Friendly Resources

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.

Sensory-Friendly Summer Hours:

SUNDAYS
10:00am-Noon


June 3
July 1
August 5

FRIDAYS
6:30-8:30pm


June 22
July 27
August 24

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.

Before your visit, you can view, download, and print a PDF of the Sensory Map of Explora, the Social Story, and/or the Visual Schedule, just by clicking the underlined names below.

Sensory-Friendly Tools:

Tools are available for use at Explora, and are being upgraded in consultation with our partners and visitors, so you may see changes from time to time.

Sensory-Friendly Resources

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.

Sensory-Friendly Summer Hours:

SUNDAYS
10:00am-Noon


June 3
July 1
August 5

FRIDAYS
6:30-8:30pm


June 22
July 27
August 24

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.

Before your visit, you can view, download, and print a PDF of the Sensory Map of Explora, the Social Story, and/or the Visual Schedule, just by clicking the underlined names below.

Sensory-Friendly Tools:

Tools are available for use at Explora, and are being upgraded in consultation with our partners and visitors, so you may see changes from time to time.

Explora offers several sensory-friendly tools. Items will be available on a table near the entrance during sensory-friendly hours and at the admissions desks during general admission hours.

View a KOB news article about Explora’s Sensory-friendly hours.

autismEXPLORA-tions camps for children with autism and their peers

May 28-June 1

Each of the three camps below is a week-long camp offered Monday, May 28 – Friday, June 1.
Hours vary by day, see schedule below:

  • Monday, 1-4pm.
  • Tuesday-Thursday, 8:15am-2pm.
  • Friday, 9am-12pm (camp will meet at an off-site location)

Camp for Children with Autism
Ages 5-7

EXPLORA-tions – Creepy Crawlies: Investigate dirt and the creepy crawly things we find in it. Experiment with different types of soils and discover red wigglers, snails, mealworms, and much more.

Camp for Children with Autism
Ages 7-10

EXPLORA-tions – Windy 500: Design a wind-powered car that goes the distance! Use cardboard, tubing, dowels, plastic sheets, and more to build your own car, and test variables to refine your design.

Companion Camp for Siblings & Friends of Children with Autism
K-4th grade

Wide World of STEAM:  Discover the excitement of investigation and inquiry as we explore a wide range of science, technology, engineering, art, and math challenges.

Fee for camps for children with autism and their peers:

  • Explora members: $100 per camper
  • Non-members: $115 per camper

A separate application process is being used for camps the week of May 28-June 1. Please contact Susan Leung, Explora’s Camp Manager, at campcoordinator@explora.us or 505-224-8381 for more information and the application materials.

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.

Headphones sound canceling headphones Fidgets Gloves Gloves
Timer Sunglasses Visual Schedule

Register for sensory-friendly hours.

Select the event dates for which you would like to register. Please fill in all required sections of this registration form.

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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