Parque Explora

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Parque Explora
Parque Explora. from Metrostation Universidad, Medellín.jpg
Aerial shot of Parque Explora
Established2008
LocationCarrera 52 No 73-75
Medellín, Colombia
TypeScience museum
Websitewww.parqueexplora.org

Parque Explora is an interactive science museum in Medellín, Colombia,[1] loosely modeled after San Francisco's Exploratorium.[2] It houses South America's largest freshwater aquarium, Explora Aquarium.[3] The museum contains over 300 interactive attractions, as well as a 3D auditorium, planetarium, television studio, and vivarium. The museum opened in 2008.

Snake from the vivarium

Architecture[edit]

Architect Alejandro Echeverri designed the museum.[4] It has a combination of indoor and outdoor space. Its four red "cubes" house the museum's science and technology rooms.[5]

Explora Aquarium[edit]

Pufferfish from the aquarium

Explora aquarium houses nearly 4,000 organisms and 400 of Colombia's most common species.[1] Its 25 tanks exhibit many of the most representative species that inhabit Colombia's rivers and oceans, including piranhas, electric eels, and a panchromatic kaleidoscope of fish.[6]

Location[edit]

Parque Explora is located in the northern area of Medellín, known as the North Zone (Zona Norte), between Parque Norte and the Botanical Garden of Medellín. The museum can be reached by the Medellín Metro on line A, at the University Station stop, which is named for the nearby University of Antioquia.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lorrain Caputo. VIVA Colombia Adventure Guide. Viva Publishing Network. pp. 627–. ISBN 978-1-937157-05-0. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  2. ^ Jens Porup (15 September 2010). Lonel Colombia. Lonely Planet. pp. 208–. ISBN 978-1-74220-326-3. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  3. ^ Explora, Parque. "Sitio web oficial del Parque Explora". Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  4. ^ Lucy Bullivant (12 November 2012). Masterplanning Futures BULLIVANT. Routledge. pp. 126–. ISBN 978-0-415-55446-6. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  5. ^ Luis Fernando González Escobar (2010). Ciudad y arquitectura urbana en Colombia 1980-2010. Universidad de Antioquia. pp. 99–. ISBN 978-958-714-382-9. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  6. ^ a b Christopher Baker (2012). National Geographic Traveler: Colombia. National Geographic Society. pp. 171–. ISBN 978-1-4262-0950-5. Retrieved 10 August 2013.

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Coordinates: 6°16′14″N 75°33′56″W / 6.2706°N 75.5656°W / 6.2706; -75.5656