Q?rius (pronounced curious) is a new way for teens and tweens - and their families and educators - to connect science with everyday experiences. A first-of-its-kind interactive and experimental learning space, Q?rius brings the unique assets of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History - the science, researchers, and collections - out from behind the scenes. Visitors are invited to be an active and contributing part of this dynamic and engaging community.
Q?rius was made with exploration in mind. Through conversations with scientists and interactions with thousands of authentic specimens and objects, visitors will enhance their grasp of the natural world, awaken new interests, and build inquiry skills for life. Educators visiting Q?rius will be invigorated with fresh ideas about how to engage their teen and tween students in science. Families will have fun while increasing their appreciation of science.
Q?rius is an evolving learning lab that is open to the public Monday through Friday from 2:00 PM until closing, and all day on Saturday and Sunday. Q?rius is available to school groups with reservations during morning hours Monday through Friday.
Q?rius Public Hours October - May
Monday-Friday 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Weekends 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Holiday Hours Dec. 23 to Jan. 3 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.