Education: New Theaters for Learning

Washington's newest attraction opens this week in the south wing of a downtown elementary school. Its name—the Center for Inquiry and Discovery—belies the informal vitality and animation within, where visitors build geodesic domes out of bamboo, lift weights on pulleys or take car engines apart. CID is a museum for children, ages four through 14, the latest entry in an expanding field. "What's important is participation," explains Doris Whitmore, president of the American Association of Youth Museums. "Without a hands-on approach, it's a dead museum."

Prehistoric Skeletons. Lloyd Hezekiah, director of the renowned...

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