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At a Glance

  • Advanced reservations may be required

Schedule a guided, inquiry-centered program to enhance your students’ field trip experience. These programs offer immersive experiences with objects from the museum’s collection with a guided, inquiry-centered program. Programs expand themes from the Museum’s exhibitions and engage students in the kinds of research activities that Museum scientists conduct every day.

Immersive experiences programs take place in the exhibit halls and in Museum labs and classrooms. Many programs require advance reservations. Please see the details for each program for further information about reservations.

Q?rius - Unlock Your World


  • Grades 6-12
  • Reservations needed for immersive programs
  • Free
Child touching bones

Q?rius jr. - a

discovery room

  • Grades K-5
  • Reservations required
  • Free
Butterfly wing

Insect Zoo

  • Grades K-12
  • Reservations NOT required
  • Free

Child at a discovery cart

Q? Carts

  • Grades K-10
  • Free and Reservations NOT required. Schedule varies

Located in exhibitions


Butterfly Pavilion

  • Grades K-12
  • Reservations required
  • Admission charge (Free Tuesdays)

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