Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque & National Atomic Museum
Explora Science Center and Children's Museum
of Albuquerque is
New Mexico's premier hands-on learning center providing hands-on
exhibits and activities encouraging creativity, imagination and
discovery in the arts and sciences! Explora's! exhibits and programs
excite and educate visitors of all ages. Full of fun and educational toys,
the gift shop is almost as exciting as the museum!
Explora! offers 50,000 square feet of enjoyment with over 200 hands-on exhibits
about ideas in science, technology and art. Volunteers and staff are available to
explain and demonstrate how art, science, culture and technology interrelate.
National Atomic Museum
Prominently featured is the Manhattan Project,
the scientific engineering project centered in New Mexico
that developed, produced and tested the first atomic bomb.
Exhibits take you through the development of nuclear weapons
from the first "Little Boy" and "Fat Man" bombs to current technologies.
On display is an impressive array of American fission weapons,
tactical and strategic thermonuclear bombs, fleet ballistic missiles,
anti-submarine weapons, warheads and artillery rounds.
Outside the museum you'll see the B-52 and F-105,
the Polaris and Minuteman missiles and the ungainly
280-mm atomic cannon. Don't miss the documentary film "Ten Seconds That Shook the World."
The film contains newsreel clips from the 30's and 40's which document the
World War II era and the dawn of the atomic age. Additional exhibits and films
explore other technologies and peaceful applications of the atom including nuclear medicine.
Civic Plaza Downtown is located in the heart of Downtown, Civic Plaza hosts many festivals and special events throughout the year