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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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FUTURES sneak peek

What do you think of when you think of the future? In celebration of the anniversary of our groundbreaking (4/17!), we’re excited to share a new look at our next chapter (big shoutout to the Emmy award-winning artist team Sharp as Knives for helping us bring this FUTURES sneak peek to life).

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Hyperloop pegasus pod

Discover the future of travel

Be among the first to marvel at Virgin Hyperloop’s Pegasus pod, which made history in November 2020 when its first passengers completed a successful trial run. With speeds of up to 800 miles per hour, hyperloop travel will be the fastest means of land-based travel yet. Distances that once took months to travel, and now take hours, will require just minutes. Buckle up!

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Rachel Goslins inside AIB

FUTURES in The Washington Post

““Futures” is a groundbreaking, multidisciplinary exhibition that will blend art, science, design, history and technology in a celebration of the world’s largest museum complex. Part festival, part exposition, part exhibition, “Futures” was created during a worldwide pandemic — but it nonetheless offers a hopeful glimpse of what lies ahead.”

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– Carl Sagan