Parque Explora

Parque Explora is an award-winning hands-on museum in Medellín near Estación Universidad. It’s a great place to take kids to learn about the human body, physics, and nature.

Parque Explora in Medllín, Antioquia, Colombia

Parque Explora

All of the attractions including a short 3D film are included in an admission ticket, which costs COP$23,000 (as of December 2015). Kids shorter than 1.10m are admitted free. Interpretive panels are in both Spanish and English, and enthusiastic staff members are always available to give talks on certain subjects.

 

The Human Brain

The museum is divided into different levels. You start at the top and work your way down. At the top level, we started with an exhibit about the human brain. There were all kinds of puzzles and optical illusions to try to trick your brain.

Human brain exhibit at Parque Explora in Medllín, Antioquia, Colombia

Human brain exhibit

One of the illusions was a toilet but it could be used as a drinking fountain. The panel challenged visitors to take a drink from the toilet, which has never been used and has clean drinking water piped into it. With nobody daring to take a drink, it proved how our minds have strong emotional associations with certain objects.

Drinking toilet at Parque Explora in Medllín, Antioquia, Colombia

Drinking toilet

 

The Human Body

Next was an exhibit on physics and the human body. Tests for strength, hand-eye coordination, hearing, resistance, and quickness occupied the two floors. Many of the visitors were groups of friends and family who were challenging each other at these tests.

Parque Explora in Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia

Parque Explora

 

Reptiles and Amphibians

We made our way down one level to the reptile house. Here, several species of reptiles and amphibians native to Colombia were on display.

Reptile house at Parque Explora in Medllín, Antioquia, Colombia

Reptile house

Reptile house at Parque Explora in Medllín, Antioquia, Colombia

Reptile house

 

Aquarium

The exhibit continued to an excellent aquarium. There were small tanks with tropical fish and some very large tanks with sharks, rays, and other ocean fish.

Aquarium at Parque Explora in Medllín, Antioquia, Colombia

Aquarium

Aquarium at Parque Explora in Medllín, Antioquia, Colombia

Aquarium

 

3D Film

Finally, the visit to the museum finished with a short 3D film. It was about fire ants from the Amazon and how they made their way to many parts of the world. Not only did the ants survive, but they have adapted and thrived to new environments. It was a fascinating film.

 

The Rest…

If the exhibits aren’t enough, the museum has a gift shop, café, and many different physics experiments for children on the ground floor.

Ground floor at Parque Explora in Medllín, Antioquia, Colombia

Ground floor

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