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FUTURES Play Lab: FUTURES x Oracle: Future of Water

Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building 900 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC

Only 2% of the world’s water is available as fresh water—with a growing population, what sustainable actions can we take to preserve the future of water? Together, FUTURES and Oracle have designed an immersive VR experience that follows the water journey. From storm drains to ocean evaporation, visitors will follow the water cycle and take […]

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Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building 900 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC

Enjoy the following tours for free every day: 12 PM | FUTURES Flash: A 15-minute glimpse of the future through a single object.  2 PM | Highlights Tour: A 45-minute themed exploration of possible futures.

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Living Longer Festival: Health + Wellness 2050

Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building 900 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC

What would it look like for us to live longer, better, healthier lives? How could we get there – and what do we need to make it happen? Technology like telemedicine can play a role, and so will our neighbors, our food, our habits, and especially the systems of caregiving and healthcare that surround us.   […]

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Glow Yoga in the Garden

Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building 900 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC

Take a breath and center yourself in a one-of-a-kind wellness experience, part of the Arts + Industries Building’s Living Longer Festival: Health + Wellness 2050. This free yoga class in the Smithsonian’s beautiful Enid A. Haupt Garden comes with a unique twist – it glows in the dark! Blending light, sound, nature, and harmony, it’s […]

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Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building 900 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC

Enjoy the following tours for free every day: 12 PM | FUTURES Flash: A 15-minute glimpse of the future through a single object.  2 PM | Highlights Tour: A 45-minute themed exploration of possible futures.

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Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building 900 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC

Enjoy the following tours for free every day: 12 PM | FUTURES Flash: A 15-minute glimpse of the future through a single object.  2 PM | Highlights Tour: A 45-minute themed exploration of possible futures.

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Daily Tours

Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building 900 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC

Enjoy the following tours for free every day: 12 PM | FUTURES Flash: A 15-minute glimpse of the future through a single object.  2 PM | Highlights Tour: A 45-minute themed exploration of possible futures.

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Daily Tours

Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building 900 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC

Enjoy the following tours for free every day: 12 PM | FUTURES Flash: A 15-minute glimpse of the future through a single object.  2 PM | Highlights Tour: A 45-minute themed exploration of possible futures.

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Daily Tours

Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building 900 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC

Enjoy the following tours for free every day: 12 PM | FUTURES Flash: A 15-minute glimpse of the future through a single object.  2 PM | Highlights Tour: A 45-minute themed exploration of possible futures.

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Fridays @ FUTURES: Hila the Killa

Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building 900 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC

Start your weekend off right with a generous helping of fun and surprising brain snacks. ‘FUTURES’ is open late, plus enjoy bonus drop-in tours and special guests.  This week: Join us for a pop-up performance by environmental educator and entertainer Hila the Killa, our eco-rapping Futurist-In-Residence for May. Combining hip-hop, stand-up comedy, acrobatics, and elaborate […]

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Daily Tours

Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building 900 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC

Enjoy the following tours for free every day: 12 PM | FUTURES Flash: A 15-minute glimpse of the future through a single object.  2 PM | Highlights Tour: A 45-minute themed exploration of possible futures.

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Programs

Programs

Futures Cypher is an interactive discussion and performance art exchange challenging big thinkers and creators to collaboratively reimagine our shared futures.

FUTURES Cypher

Programs

Tell Me More invites you to explore the creation and function of groundbreaking inventions through live demonstrations. We’re pulling back the curtains to help you discover how innovative objects aid our futures.

Tell Me More

Programs

Whether it’s the bathtub in a guest bedroom, or a secret craft lab in a basement, Meet Us in the Futures highlights the ideas of those striving to achieve a better tomorrow from spaces that provoke their futuristic thinking.

Meet us in the FUTURES

Programs

We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Panel is an audience-guided panel experience where Future Agents are invited to collectively decide our panel’s discussion content in real-time. We’ll bring the experts, you bring the talking points.

WIYRSP

Past Events

2017/2018

The Long Conversation is an epic creative marathon between artists, scientists and other big thinkers that’s guaranteed to leave you feeling better about the future. Once a year, NASA astronauts, Grammy-winning musicians, tech CEOs, poets, inventors and more converge in AIB for a lively 8-hour relay race of surprising conversations. No moderators. No slides. All chemistry.

The Long Conversation

2018/2019

AIB was the first headquarters for the By The People festival, an international arts and dialogue festival launched by social incubator Halcyon in 2017. This week-long arts takeover features performances by DC-based and international dancers and musicians, original installations, and important talks on issues that matter.

By The People