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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? 

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Exterior Installation

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

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Online Residency

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

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New + Cool

New!

Join us on May 19th and prepare for landing with Moonwalk, our new immersive VR journey to the lunar surface in partnership with Meta.

Moonwalk

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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! 

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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.  

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FUTURES Merch

Shop the FUTURES and get the coolest swag in the cosmos at our onsite vending machine or at futuresmerch.com.

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Founding Futurists

Autodesk Logo
Qatar logo

DAVID M. RUBENSTEIN

JOHN & ADRIENNE MARS

JACQUELINE B. MARS

Major Sponsors

KEVIN S. BRIGHT & CLAUDIA W. BRIGHT

Annenberg

ROBERT KOGOD

Bloomberg Logo
Supporting Sponsors
First Solar Logo

JOHN BROCK III

Ford Logo

SUZANNE NORA JOHNSON & DAVID JOHNSON FOUNDATION

Meta Logo
NFL Logo
NFLPA Logo
Oracle Logo
Contributing Sponsors
Comcast Logo

WENDY DAYTON

Lyda Hill Philanthropies Logo
MedWand Solutions Logo

CHARLIE AND NANCY HOGAN

Additional special and in-kind gifts provided by:

ACCESS SMITHSONIAN

JOSH & SARAH EASTRIGHT

GOODBY SILVERSTEIN & PARTNERS

LG DISPLAY

RESEMBLE.AI

IVAN SELIN

BOB AND JOAN CATELL

THE GANDHI FAMILY

JESSIE KELLEY

MARVEL STUDIOS

MARTY RODGERS

SILMAN

THE SECRETARY OF THE SMITHSONIAN & THE SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL BOARD

VIN DI BONA

GENSLER

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