For its 175th anniversary, the Smithsonian is looking forward.
What do you think of when you think of the future? FUTURES is the first building-wide exploration of the future on the National Mall. Designed by the award-winning Rockwell Group, FUTURES spans 32,000 square feet inside the Arts + Industries Building. On view until July 6, 2022, FUTURES is your guide to a vast array of interactives, artworks, technologies, and ideas that are glimpses into humanity’s next chapter. You are, after all, only the latest in a long line of future makers.
Smell a molecule. Clean your clothes in a wetland. Meditate with an AI robot. Travel through space and time. Watch water being harvested from air. Become an emoji. The FUTURES is yours to decide, debate, delight. We invite you to dream big, and imagine not just one future, but many possible futures on the horizon—playful, sustainable, inclusive. In moments of great change, we dare to be hopeful. How will you create the future you want to live in?
Cross the threshold to the future at AIB’s entrance as you step through contemporary artist Soo Sunny Park’s Expanded Present, an ethereal portal of iridescent material designed to inspire and delight.
A Shimmering New Gateway from Soo Sunny Park
Our monthly online Futurist in Residence program invites innovators to think creatively about the future and develop new content to spark delight and conversation.
Futurist In Residence
New + Cool
Join us on May 19th and prepare for landing with Moonwalk, our new immersive VR journey to the lunar surface in partnership with Meta.
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!about her
FUTURES Field Day
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.about programming
DAVID M. RUBENSTEIN
JOHN & ADRIENNE MARS
JACQUELINE B. MARS
KEVIN S. BRIGHT & CLAUDIA W. BRIGHT
JOHN BROCK III
SUZANNE NORA JOHNSON & DAVID JOHNSON FOUNDATION
CHARLIE AND NANCY HOGAN
Additional special and in-kind gifts provided by:
JOSH & SARAH EASTRIGHT
GOODBY SILVERSTEIN & PARTNERS
BOB AND JOAN CATELL
THE GANDHI FAMILY
THE SECRETARY OF THE SMITHSONIAN & THE SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL BOARD
VIN DI BONA
KUKA ROBOTICS CORPORATION
DR. JORGE G. PUENTE & DR. PATRICIA MATOS-PUENTE
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FUTURES RECEIVED FEDERAL SUPPORT FROM THE ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN INITIATIVES POOL, ADMINISTERED BY THE SMITHSONIAN ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN CENTER