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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.

calendar icon Through July 6, 2022
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Open every day 10 AM—5:30 PM, except Tuesdays
Extended hours Fridays and Saturdays until 7PM

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Get ready to visit the arts and industries building

New + Next

Closing soon!

Join us Wednesday, July 6th as we open the doors to FUTURES one last time for an epic bash worthy of the next millennia!

FUTURES Forward>> Closing Celebration


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Listen + Watch

Did you know that FUTURES programs are available to watch anytime? Check out our panels, lectures, and more all from the comfort of your home 


Meet Your Future Guide

What do you see when you imagine the year 2050? Introducing Your Future Guide—a first-of-its-kind digital museum interactive combining technology with Smithsonian storytelling to invite you on a tour of the year 2050. Read more about it on Mashable!

MEET YOur Future Guide learn more
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Meet our June Futurist-in-Residence

We’re excited to learn from Futurist Catie Cuan who is a dancer, choreographer, and researcher whose work focuses on dance and robotics. Due to COVID with the robot engineer team, her adapted performance will proceed without in-person robots at our closing celebration on July 6.

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– Carl Sagan

Take a tour of 2050!