Exploration Works Helena
Where is it at?
995 Carousel Way
Where are we going today?
Have you heard the saying “science can be fun”? What better way to see if it is true than to test it out! Exploration Works in a fun, fascinating and very hands on science center in Helena, Montana. It is filled with exciting exhibits and experiments for you to immerse yourself in and learn from.
There is a fun science cafe which is a great way to really get your senses going. Have you ever wanted to feel what a magnetic field is like? Now you can! There is a checkerboard mirror, you can create a sound wave (did you know you could even do that!?) and a fun sense-tastic garden of smells.
For those with green fingers the Exploration Garden is a great place to delve into the natural world of vegetables, flowers - creating a beautiful outdoor classroom.
There are also regular family orientated events such as Late Night Friends and “Family Fun Fests” which make for a great experience in addition to your day at the center.
The exhibits changes several times a year so there is always a great excuse for going back if you loved it!
How much does it cost?
- Adults$9 for a member
- Children$5.50 (Under 18)
- Free Under: 2
When can we go?
Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm Closed Sundays
Open most school holidays
Field trips are available that comply with the curriculum and content of national standards so your kids will be in safe hands. There is also a Teacher Resource Center offering more than 40 teaching kits that cover a large variety of science and engineering topics. .
We have a full gourmet coffee kiosk with smoothies and other drinks. A selection of light snacks are also offered..
Not to worry! Light healthy snacks, milk, and real fruit smoothies are available for those wanting something on the healthier side. .
Any Top Tips?
The center offers fun summer camps and birthday party options so make sure you ask about those during your visit!.
Doing our bit
Exploration Works ensures it is so environmentally friendly that the only thing that wouldn’t be green is your skin! The building received an LEED certification for all the sustainable methods they use...even the concrete is eco-friendly! All elements in the building - windows, carpets, heating, lights...and even light switches are specially designed for modern environmentally friendly performances. .
Need a little extra help?
Wide walkways and an elevator are available in the building so there is suitable wheelchair access. If there are any problems just see a member of staff when you arrive. .
“Little Sky Country” is an area reserved for those under 5 years old, which also has an interactive learning experience for them. Baby changing facilities are location in the main floor bathroom. .
Can I get one of those?
If you were inspired by the museum and fancy taking home your very own scientific kits to play with, then head to the gift shop. If you want to impress your friends, there are also sharks teeth, polished rocks, and even fossilized dinosaur droppings to take home! There are also fun wooden toys available..