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A boy shows off his hog-gut art at the 'Do You Have the Guts?' workshop. Smithsonian Institution photo.
by Colleen Popson -- Jan 29, 2015

A group of local teens and tweens got crafty with hog intestines at a recent art workshop in Q?rius. Inspired by the ingenuity of those living in...

Q?rius volunteer Haley Bryant points to some of the objects in the anthropology and archaeology section of the Margaret A. Cargill Collections Zone.
by Haley Bryant -- Apr 1, 2015

As a recent transplant to Washington, D.C., a budding anthropologist, and a future museum professional, volunteering in Q?rius has been such a...

The 'OrKID' Family Festival on Feb. 21 will feature some activities in Q?rius and other places in the Museum. Photo by Ian Chalmers.
by Jasmine Utsey -- Feb 4, 2015

Did you know that thousands of microscopic species live between sand grains on beaches around the world? Or that elephants, lions, and camels used...

Archaeologist Torben Rick studies how humans have affected biodiversity over time in California's Channel Islands. He discusses "Coastal and Island Biodiversity - Tracking Human Influences" on Jan. 13. Photo by Torben Rick.
by Jasmine Utsey -- Dec 23, 2014

We're showcasing a variety of topics to kick off the new year, including fungal spores, baby fish, and jellyfish and their kin. You can also hear...

Dana Clark gets ready to deploy the CTD tool (which measures conductivity, temperature, and depth) from the deck of the NOAA ship Fairweather. Join her Dec. 17 to learn how NOAA charts the seafloor. Photo from NOAA.
by Jasmine Utsey -- Dec 1, 2014

It might be getting cold outside, but science is HOT in Q?rius!

Teens can learn how dinosaurs evolved over time to survive, and then make...

This view through a microscope reveals details of Micrasterias, or green alga, which along with its kin produces about half of the oxygen you breathe! Visitors can prepare their own microscope slides and zoom in on the world of algae in Q?rius on Nov. 26.
by Jasmine Utsey -- Oct 31, 2014

What do slime, 3D printing, and hydrothermal vents have in common? They’re all coming to Q?rius in November! Meet scientists and experts as they...

A crab sits entangled in a nylon net. Join us for Lessons From Our Lives With Plastic, a presentation and discussion on Oct. 21. Photo from NOAA.
by Jasmine Utsey -- Oct 1, 2014

Fossils, oceans, and genome geeks — October is jam-packed with events for science fans of all kinds. Come geek out with us!


This fossil Triceratops skull was found in Montana. Photo from Smithsonian Institution.
by Amy Bolton -- Sep 25, 2014

Fossils can help us imagine things from the past we cannot see in front of us.  They can tell us how an ancient plant or animal lived or moved,...

A bumblebee feeds on the nectar and pollen of a flower. Help us transcribe bumblebee records on September 20. Smithsonian photo by Rosa Pineda.
by Dan Kulpinski -- Sep 19, 2014

This month our events feature tattoos, bumble bees, fungi, and more.

All events are free, unless otherwise noted, and take place in Q?rius...

Origami passenger pigeons flock together in Q?rius. Photo by Smithsonian Institution.
by Dan Kulpinski -- Jul 18, 2014

The last Passenger Pigeon died 100 years ago, on September 1, 1914. Now you can commemorate this famous fowl by folding an origami pattern and displaying it in your home or office. Come to Q?rius on the ground floor of the Museum on weekends and fold your own for free. Learn how to download your own origami pattern and get details about several Passenger Pigeon exhibits.


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