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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, spanning 32,000 square feet. Opening in late 2021 and on view until Summer 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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175th Anniversary Celebration

For 175 years and beyond, the Smithsonian has explored the origins of the universe, the sustainability of life on the planet, the full diversity of American history, and human creativity. The Smithsonian is an engine of the future. 

Smithsonian at 175

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New + Cool

New!

Be among the first to marvel at Virgin Hyperloop’s Pegasus pod, which made history in November 2020 when its first passengers completed a successful trial run. With speeds of up to 800 miles per hour, hyperloop travel will be the fastest means of land-based travel yet. Distances that once took months to travel, and now take hours, will require just minutes. Buckle up!

Discover the future of travel

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Rachel Goslins inside AIB

FUTURES in The Washington Post

““Futures” is a groundbreaking, multidisciplinary exhibition that will blend art, science, design, history and technology in a celebration of the world’s largest museum complex. Part festival, part exposition, part exhibition, “Futures” was created during a worldwide pandemic — but it nonetheless offers a hopeful glimpse of what lies ahead.”

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capsula mundi burial pod

The future of burials

Would you want your own body to grow into a tree? Capsula Mundi, a biodegradable burial capsule, is a sustainable way to mark human loss with dignity.

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Roomie robot

The future of robots

Low-cost and fully customizable, Roomie may change what you think of robots. Developed by a Mexican company, this Roomie was developed to help therapeutically treat COVID patients.

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Founding Futurists

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DAVID M. RUBENSTEIN

JOHN & ADRIENNE MARS

JACQUELINE B. MARS

Major Sponsors
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KEVIN S. BRIGHT

ROBERT KOGOOD

Supporting Sponsors

JOHN BROCK III

Contributing Sponsors

WENDY DAYTON

NANCY HOGAN

Lyda Hill Philanthropies
Additional special and in-kind gifts provided by:

GOODBY, SILVERSTEIN & PARTNERS

KUKA

THE SECRETARY OF THE SMITHSONIAN AND THE SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL BOARD

IVAN SELIN