¡Explora! Science Center & Children’s Museum

Address:  1701 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque, NM  87104

Access:  https://www.explora.us/visitor-information/

The architecture of ¡Explora! is a playful collection of varied volumes, colors and textures.  In a neighborhood of museums, this one is meant to attract children of any age. From its multicolored dome on the west to the multistoried volumes on the east, ¡Explora! beckons children to enter into the world of the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math STEAM program.

The interior is even more playful than the exterior. Once inside, the volumes flow together, allowing visitors to discover specialty areas or wander and wonder at interactive displays of science and art.  Changes in ceiling height, balconies that overlook fascinating attractions, stairs and ramps, views inside and outside, a fountain with water jets in the shape of parabolas, and a big elevator with a sofa and piano are a few of the architectural and exhibit features that delight and intrigue children of all ages.

To the north of the main entry, the upcoming X Studio continues the playful juncture of varied volumes and colors. It will expand programming to include teen skill development and future professional options.

Phase 1: Completed: 2002

Architect: Mahlman & Miles Architects

Contractor: *seeking info

Phase 2: Completed: 2013

Architect: Mahlman Studio Architecture

Contractor: *seeking info

            Studio X: Expected Completion: 2021

            Architect: Studio Southwest Architects

Public Art:

“Vehicle Stop”, by Erika Wanenmacher  https://www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/public-art/public-art-in-albuquerque/interactive-public-art-map

“Icarus Sundial”, by Gino Schiavone https://www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/public-art/public-art-in-albuquerque/interactive-public-art-map

Learn More:

!Explora! web site:  https://www.explora.us

12/21/2020

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