Explora is a new kind of learning place, providing real experiences with real things that put people’s learning in their own hands. Explora is part science center, part children’s museum, part free-choice school, part grandma’s attic, part grandpa’s garage, part laboratory, part neighborhood full of interesting people, and part of many people’s lives. Exhibits are designed to engage visitors of all ages.
Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday: 12 pm – 6 pm
Explora is closed on January 1, July 4, the week after Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and December 25. We close early at 2 pm on December 24 and 31.
If you require special assistance to enjoy Explora, please contact us before your next visit.
Explora Members: Free
Children (ages 1-11): $6
Children under age 1: Free
Adults (ages 12-64): $10
Seniors (age 65+, with ID): $7
Students or Military (with ID): $7
Reservations are required for group visits of 12 or more people.
Reservations are held with a signed reservation/invoice form from the group leader. Final payment may be made on the day of your visit by credit card, check, cash or purchase order. One adult chaperone is required for every 6 students.
Explora offers a wide variety of programs that reflect our experiential, inquiry-based approach to learning, including:
Exhibit and Classroom Programs:
- Classroom & Exhibit Exploration Package
$9.00 per student
$4.00 per chaperone
- Exhibit Exploration (2 hours)
$6.00 per student or chaperone
- Classroom Exploration (1 hour)
$5.00 per student
- Exhibit Exploration (1 hour)
$4.00 per student or chaperone
Adult chaperones are welcome to use their Explora membership for their own field trip admission. Payment for participating students and non-member adults is required and defrays program expenses.
What does Explora offer for Field Trips and Group visits?
Bring your group to explore our hands-on exhibit activities. Investigate gravity, water, light, air, numbers, sound, electricity, and more during a one- or two-hour exhibit exploration facilitated by Explora educators. You can also book a Classroom Exploration as an add-on for your field trip.
Classroom Explorations are one-hour, experiential programs facilitated by Explora educators. Using an inquiry approach to learning, Explora educators involve every student in active exploration of physical materials. Our Classroom Explorations are benchmarked to the New Mexico State Standards. A full list of Classroom Programs can be found in Explora’s Educational Programs Guide.
Programs in Spanish
Explora can provide Exhibit Explorations, Classroom Explorations, and Outreach Programs in Spanish. Please be sure to make schedule all programs in Spanish at least three weeks in advance. Call 505-224-8323.
Looking for a custom program? Explora can tailor a program for the specific needs of your group. Call 505-224-8341 to get started.
Making a reservation:
- Use Explora’s Educational Programs Guide to select a program.
- Decide on possible dates. Spring is our busiest season; we suggest you book early or choose some Fall dates.
- Contact Reservations at 505-224-8341 to request your reservation form. Let us know at this time about any special needs.
- Payment can be made on or before the day of your visit by credit card, check, cash, or purchase order. Advance payment may be made by calling 505-224-8341, or mailing a check or purchase order to
Rescheduling or Canceling a Program
Because Explora reserves space and an educator for your group, these policies apply:
More than 5 business days before visit – no fee.
5 business days or fewer before visit – 15% booking fee.
More than 5 business days before visit – 15% booking fee.
5 business days or fewer before visit – 50% late cancelation fee.
The full amount will be charged.