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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
ticket icon FREE, No Tickets Required

Open every day 10 AM—5:30 PM, except Tuesdays
Extended hours Fridays and Saturdays until 7PM

location icon National Mall, Washington DC
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Get ready to visit the arts and industries building

New + Next

Come visit!

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.

Leap into the FUTURES

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lunar surface with astronaut

Experience the Moon in VR

Calling all space enthusiasts, we’re going to the moon on May 19th! Take a “lunar selfie” on Instagram or strap on a headset at our FUTURES Play Lab and prepare for landing with “Moonwalk,” our new immersive journey to the lunar surface in partnership with Meta. 

Read More at Fast Company about the experience
hilla the killa in earth costume

Meet our May Futurist-in-Residence

Hila the Killa is an Eco-Rapper who performs as Planet Earth and writes songs and makes videos about ecological topics such as; trees, vegetables, compost, water, and reducing plastic waste. Don’t miss her upcoming performance at AIB! 

Learn more about her
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Come outside and play at AIB for FUTURES Field Day on May 28th! We invite ALL play enthusiasts to join us for a Saturday of fun activities that will get your body moving while exploring an inclusive, uplifting, and intentional future of sports.  

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– Carl Sagan