Explora will be closed to the public from Saturday, March 14 through April 15, 2020. Check back frequently for program status, which may change from hour to hour. Thanks for your patience and understanding as we work to protect one another and our community.


Explora estará cerrado al público del 14 de marzo al 15 de abril del 2020. Gracias por su paciencia y comprensión.

Sensory-Friendly Resources
& EXPLORA-tions Camp

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.

Upcoming dates for sensory-friendly hours:

Sunday, April 12, 2020 – 10am–noon

Sunday, June 14, 2020 – 10am–noon

Sunday, August 9, 2020 – 10am–noon

Sunday, October 11, 2020 – 10am–noon

Sunday, December 13, 2020 – 10am–noon

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.

Sensory-friendly hours and tools are offered in partnership with NM Autism Society 

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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.

Sensory-Friendly EXPLORA-tions Camp

Innovative camps for children with autism spectrum and other sensory processing disorders, providing a safe, supportive, and fun environment to explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Offered in partnership between Explora and the New Mexico Autism Society, with partial funding support from Autism Speaks Inc.

2020 Camp Dates

Vernal Holiday: Friday, April 10, 2020, 9am-2pm

Camp for ages 4-7 and 8-12

Brick by Brick What makes a structure strong? Come explore a variety of materials and designs to construct different types of structures.

Cost per child: $90 ($75 for members)

Explora-tions camp/Sensory Friendly

Summer Camp: May 26–29, 2020, 9am-2pm

Full-day camp for ages 4-7 and 8-12

Build It Become builders and architects as you experiment with construction. Test a variety of shapes and materials for strength and stability, then apply your knowledge to build a tower, construct a bridge, or design a building.

Cost per 4-day camp per child: $225 ($200 for members)

Explorations Sensory Friendly Camp

We’ve had an update! Returning registrants may be asked to reset their password to register for camps. We apologize for any inconvenience.

For more information or to register for camp, please email us at campcoordinator@explora.us or call 505-224-8381.

Thinking about enrolling for EXPLORA-tions Camp? Please consider the following.

  • Age grouping refers to the child’s age at the time of camp.
  • Camper is able to use bathrooms independently.
  • Camper behaviors must be manageable within the scope of Explora programming (Explora staff is not crisis prevention trained).
  • Camper must be exempt from any extreme health-care conditions or needs.
  • Meet and Greet sessions are recommended to ease nerves and anxiety before camp day.
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