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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. Now 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? 

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).

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Relive the sonic wonderlands, dancing, surprise guests, family fun and more>

Explore

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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New + Cool

New!

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.

Talk to the future

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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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Time Travel to 2071

What might a Smithsonian exhibit look like in 2071? In collaboration with Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination, Smithsonian researchers paired with futurists and sci-fi creators to envision our world 50 years in the future. Transformed into short stories and exhibition posters, explore these future visions. 

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Meet the FUTURES Beacons

Create, and reflect the future you want to see. Be the first to try this playful digital storytelling interactive that lets you see FUTURES and yourself in new ways. From LAB at Rockwell Group and Softbank Group Corp.

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Founding Futurists

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DAVID M. RUBENSTEIN

JOHN & ADRIENNE MARS

JACQUELINE B. MARS

Major Sponsors

KEVIN S. BRIGHT & CLAUDIA W. BRIGHT

Annenberg

ROBERT KOGOD

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Supporting Sponsors
First Solar Logo

JOHN BROCK III

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SUZANNE NORA JOHNSON & DAVID JOHNSON FOUNDATION

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Oracle Logo
Contributing Sponsors
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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