Q?rius jr.: a discovery room

Child touches a crocodile head

Children can examine a crocodile head as well as fossils, skulls, shells and minerals in Q?rius jr.: a discovery room. Photo by Rosa Pineda, Smithsonian.

Q?rius jr. is a hands-on room featuring real Museum objects and artifacts. During Open Hours, visitors explore activities representing exhibitions and behind-the-scenes research at the Museum. Visitors of all ages can look at fossils, skulls, shells and minerals, use a microscope, try on traditional clothing from around the world, and much more! School groups grades K-5 can take advantage of school programs during the school year.

What can I do in Q?rius jr.? 

  • Search with binoculars for plants and animals on the biodiversity wall, an exhibit showcasing the diversity of species found locally.
  • Examine butterfly wings, rocks, minerals and more under a real microscope.
  • Read a story, color a turtle, or create your own bird.
  • Touch and explore collections of exciting objects from all over the world.
  • Shake hands with a full-size replica of a human skeleton.

We offer programs for school groups and for homeschool students.
During the school year, Q?rius jr. – a discovery room offers programs for student groups in grades K-5 on Tuesdays and Thursdays (and on Fridays, beginning February 3).

School program registration for the 2016-2017 school year is now open.


 

Q?rius jr. School Programs

During the school year, Q?rius jr. – a discovery room offers programs for student groups in grades K-5 on Tuesdays and Thursdays (and on Fridays, beginning February 3). Register Your Group

• Grades K-1: Discovering Dinosaurs
Explore dinosaurs through fossil remains: in this staff-led program, students will observe, handle, compare, and contrast dinosaur fossils, describe dinosaur characteristics, and predict why dinosaurs have different kinds of teeth and claws. Pair with a visit to Last American Dinosaurs.

• Grades K-2: Animal Coverings
Discover how animals adapt to their environment by handling specimens from the Museum’s collections and analyzing observations, in this staff-led program. Pair this program with a visit to the Hall of Mammals.

• Grades K-2: Classifying Shells

Challenge young budding zoologists to observe, describe, compare, and contrast, and sort a variety of shells to sharpen their classification skills and strategies in this staff-led program. Pair this program with a visit to the Sant Ocean Hall.

 • Grades 3-5: Identifying Minerals

Classify a variety of minerals by testing their luster, streak, hardness, color, and magnetism, in this staff-led program. Pair this program with a visit to the Geology, Gems, and Minerals Hall.

 • Grades 3-5: Insect Survival

Search for patterns in survival strategies of insects and practice the skills of entomology. Students will identify survival techniques such as camouflage, mimicry, biting, stinging and flying. Pair this program with a visit to the Insect Zoo or Butterfly Pavilion.

 • Grades 3-5: Unearthing Egypt

Identify objects from your own Egyptian dig site in this staff-led program.  Craft hypotheses as budding anthropologists about why certain objects were found at the burial site and what they can tell us about  Ancient Egyptian society. Pair this program with a visit to the Eternal Life in Ancient Egypt exhibition.

 • Grades 4-5: Exploring Ecosystems

Spark students’ curiosity about the diversity of interactions that occur in the natural world.  In this staff-led program students explore how living and non-living parts of an ecosystem depend on each other. Pair this program with a visit to the Hall of Mammals or Butterfly Pavilion.

 1 chaperone required per 5 students. Register Your Group


Q?rius jr. Kits for Homeschool Students
Are you interested in a Q?rius jr. school program, but can’t get together a group of at least 15 students? Try out one of our self-guided Q?rius jr. Kits! Reserve a kit to explore with your children at your own pace; choose from Classifying Shells, Unearthing Egypt, Exploring Ecosystems, or Identifying Minerals. Each kit includes a detailed parent’s guide, kids’ handouts, and fascinating objects to discover. This is not a staff-led program, but there will be staff and volunteers on hand to help.

Kits are available on Fridays between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and for younger siblings of Q?rius Homeschool Days participants the first Monday of every month, November through June.

Reservations required. Call or email Cara Clark at (202) 633-1079 or clarkcl@si.edu to reserve a kit.  

Please call 202-633-1079 with additional questions about programs or logistics.