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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
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Q?rius is a new way to connect science with everyday experience. It’s a first-of-its-kind interactive and experimental environment -- part lab, part collections vault, part DIY garage, part hangout, and all fun. Through real-world questions with scientists and interactions with thousands of authentic objects, visitors to the new space, located within the National Museum of Natural History, will unleash their curiosity with surprising results.

Teachers who book a field trip to Q?rius will see firsthand how real-world questions with people who do science and engagement with authentic objects can spark new ideas in their students, deepen their understanding of content, and help them master scientific processes. A visit to Q?rius at the National Museum of Natural History will offer an absorbing site of resources to plan your own lessons or use Museum lessons to engage students in their curriculum in new ways. Q?rius will make teaching easier!

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Q?rius at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History

Q?rius School Programs

Q?rius school programs are available onsite for Grades 6-12. We offer six school programs onsite on weekdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., from October through June. For students nationwide, we offer the Smithsonian Science How webcasts. We also offer programs in Q?rius jr. for students in Grades K-5.

School program registration for the 2015-2016 school year is now open!




Bird Strike Whodunit?

Biology, Environmental Science, Ornithology 6-12

Dig Deep

Geology, Earth Science 6-12

Forensic Mysteries - A Grizzly Discovery

Anthropology, Forensic Science 6-12

Forensic Mysteries - Mystery at Yorktown Creek

Anthropology, Forensic Science, Social Studies 6-12

Q?rius Collections Challenge

Biology, Ecology, Life Science, Social Studies 6-12

Reefs Unleashed

Biology, Earth Science, Environmental Science 6-12
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Smithsonian Science How Webcasts

Live television-style programs streamed through the web

Bring a Smithsonian Scientist into your classroom with Smithsonian Science How, a live television-style program streamed through the web that takes questions from your students. The 25-minute program features the research and personalities of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, providing your students with positive STEM role models, information about science careers and pathways, and more! Smithsonian Science How delivers real-world science through free, live webcasts and teaching resources.
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Q?rius Jr. -- A Discovery Room Programs

35-45-minute program, staff supported

Grades K-5

In Q?rius Jr. – a Discovery Room, 15-30 students at a time practice their scientific inquiry skills as they interact with objects from the Museum’s collections. Programs are developed from exhibition themes and emphasize comparing and contrasting objects, closely examining specimens such as fossils, skulls, and shells, and using evidence to draw conclusions. Learn More.

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Plan Your Trip

Getting ready for a field trip means planning the logistics of the field trip and learning about the educational resources available. As one of the largest science classrooms in the world, the National Museum of Natural History works with you to explore the natural world through the Museum's exhibits, onsite programming and online resources.

Education & Outreach

As one of the largest science classrooms in the world, the National Museum of Natural History works with you to explore the natural world through the Museum's exhibits, onsite programming and online resources.

Our work is built on a foundation of scientific research by the Museum's staff of over 150 scientists and curators as well as the national and international community of scientists. There are more than 126 million artifacts and specimens in our collections.

Launch Your Journey of Discovery

Visit exhibitions with themes from the Ocean to African Cultures. Reserve an inquiry-centered program… Download lesson plans to inspire K-12 learners…Find web-based activities for students… Link to the Museum’s collections and scientific research… and more!

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Plan a Field Trip

  • Logistics
  • Immersive Programs
Ocean Hall exhibit educators' guide

Exhibition Explorer

  • Field Trip and Classroom Resources
  • Related Museum Websites
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Resources for the Classroom

  • Lesson Plans and Websites
  • Museum Research and Collections

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