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Welcome to the Smithsonian's Arts + Industries Building

A home for the future-curious

We welcome all dreamers, makers, and changers of tomorrow to imagine a more exciting, equitable, and sustainable future.

New + Next

Opening 2021

Prepare to be transported to FUTURES–an immersive museum experience like no other. On view for a limited time, explore the ideas, trends, art, and tech shaping our collective tomorrows in the largest future-focused exhibition ever staged on the National Mall.

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Marvel at the Bell Nexus Air Taxi

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s an Air Taxi! From World’s Fairs to “The Jetsons,” the flying car has always been a symbol of the future. And now you can see this vision in person with the debut of the Bell Nexus Air Taxi.

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Watch Futures We Dream Documentary Film Series

What do we dream of? Award-winning filmmakers answer this question by showcasing stories of hope and resilience from everyday people making a difference across the country. This new series of commissioned documentary shorts is brought to life thanks to Co-Chairs LL COOL J and Kevin Bright along with nationally acclaimed nonprofit The Alliance for Media Arts + Culture.

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Five Contemporary Artists Create Their Own Imagined Futures

Five leading contemporary artists will create custom pieces for their Smithsonian debut in FUTURES. Beatriz Cortez, Nettrice Gaskins, Soo Sunny Park, Devan Shimoyama, and Tamiko Thiel and/p work in such diverse media as augmented reality, A.I., found objects, and industrial materials. You won’t want to miss these stunning portals into possible worlds on the horizon.

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– Carl Sagan