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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
Open every day 10-5:30 except Tuesdays
Extended hours Fridays and Saturdays until 7P
location icon National Mall, Washington DC
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Get ready to visit the arts and industries building

New + Next

Now open!

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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Talk to the future

Share a message for the future with the Hi, How R U ? 😎 holo-capsule portal. This next-generation time capsule will transform your avatar into a holo-recording to be saved for the future to discover, or connect you in real-time to visitors to a paired portal in Doha, Qatar.

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World-building with Marvel Studios’ Eternals

How can movie worlds help us imagine the future? Creative vision meets new cinema tech in costumes (and behind-the-scenes details!) from the just-released Marvel Studios’ Eternals

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Thanks for an incredible opening weekend!

To those who joined us for FUTURES Remixed, it was an opening celebration like no other! Thank you for creating, exploring, and celebrating with us (and Bill Nye, HBO Max’s Legendary, and Kal Penn…just to name a few). Missed out on the celebration or want to relive it? Check out the link below for recordings.

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– Carl Sagan