Explora Science Center & Children's Museum

Explora is a unique place that puts people’s learning in their own hands.

 Explora has been from the very beginning, a collaboration of great visions.  It began around 1983 with two individual groups who with no knowledge of each other’s existence had similar ideas: the first group envisioned a “children’s exploratorium,” while the second had the idea of a “science and technology exploratorium.” Since the merging of the two ideals in 1995 Explora has been, and will continue to be, a learning place for people of all races, ages, genders, abilities, and backgrounds. We believe that family, caregivers, peers, and colleagues are essential partners in learning. Explora advocates for lifelong, materials-rich inquiry, while acknowledging that it isn’t always easy. We value curiosity, hands-on trial and error, and the agency and growth that comes with both failing and succeeding.

Here, families and people of all ages can learn together through over 250 exhibit activities in science, technology and art. For adults, we offer events like Adult Night that come with your very own Explora at home kit! In the community, we also provide semester long, seasonal camps, and fun educational programs such as Family Science Nights and our Youth Intern Program. Teachers are also encouraged to join our educator workshops and take advantage of our professional development opportunities. Visit our Programs Page today and take pride in partnering with us to bring Explora’s unique experiential learning activities to New Mexico.

Located at 1701 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104 Explora is Albuquerque's science center that's fun for the whole family. 

For more information, please call (505) 600-6072 or email us at explora@explora.us


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Our Mission


Explora: creating opportunities for inspirational discovery and the joy of lifelong learning through interactive experiences in science, technology engineering, arts, and math.

Our Core Values


Explora values Learning

Explora is a learning place for people of all races, ages, genders, abilities, and backgrounds; family, caregivers, peers, and colleagues are essential partners in learning. Explora advocates for lifelong, materials-rich inquiry, while acknowledging that it isn’t always easy. We value curiosity, hands-on trial and error, and the agency and growth that comes with both failing and succeeding.


Explora values Community

Explora’s essential value derives from our relevance to our communities, connection to everyday lives, and role as a trusted community resource. We value diversity, in all its forms, as a source of strength; a diverse board, staff, and membership are critical to Explora’s effectiveness. We value listening to our community and understand that Explora is stronger when working in partnership with others toward common goals, like helping New Mexico achieve racial equity in STEAM by creating opportunities for people of color and others who have been excluded from STEAM courses and careers.


Explora values Flexibility

We recognize power in Explora’s ability to be nimble and adapt to change, and we provide staff and visitors freedom to think outside the box. We experiment and try things, even if they aren’t perfect, and value creativity and innovation. We push boundaries, bend edges, and try on new roles, in order to best accomplish Explora’s mission and serve our community. Organizational and financial health, along with sustainable practices, allows us to pursue new ideas, be responsive to the needs of our community, and contribute solutions to community-defined problems.


Explora values People

Explora identifies our staff and volunteers as our greatest resources, and we invest in their work and growth. We are motivated by hard work and positive collaboration to affect change in New Mexico. We believe in inclusive planning and iterate based on feedback from staff and visitors. Explora practices and cultivates generosity through listening, respect, and the sharing of time, ideas, resources, and access.

Thank you for making Explora so extraordinary!

On behalf of Explora’s staff, board, and the thousands of community members we serve annually, thank you!