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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? 

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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!

Celebrated artists Suchi Reddy, Stephanie Dinkins, and Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya, along with curator Isolde Brielmaier, each bring their multinational backgrounds and careers spent blending art, science, design, and technology to forge a more inclusive world. 

WIYRSP: Art and Tech Powering Community

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AI illustration from Janelle Shane

AI New Year’s Resolutions

What if instead of relying on our own resolutions we asked an AI what it thinks we should do? Read more about our new resolutions generator from acclaimed AI humorist and researcher Janelle Shane at The Washington Post. 

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January Programming

Start 2022 off with a dash of dreaming! We’ve got an exciting array of new free public programs and pop-ups planned for you this January that help set hopeful intentions for the year ahead . 

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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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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
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JOHN BROCK III

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SUZANNE NORA JOHNSON & DAVID JOHNSON FOUNDATION

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Contributing Sponsors
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WENDY DAYTON

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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