Skip to main content

The Latest

rendering of bell nexus air taxi flying

Smithsonian To Reveal Bell’s Nexus ‘Air Taxi’ at “FUTURES”

Autonomous Electric Concept Vehicle Will Be Making Its Museum Debut at the Arts and Industries Building in November, Alongside Iconic 1960s Bell Jetpack

Freedom constellations film still with two people talking into microphone

New Smithsonian Film Project “Futures We Dream” To Showcase Uplifting Visions of Eight Communities Across the U.S.

Award-Winning Filmmakers to Shine Light on Social Justice with Co-Chairs LL COOL J and Kevin Bright

Soo Sunny Park Installing sculpture

Smithsonian FUTURES to Unveil Five New Commissions by Leading Contemporary Artists

Visit alternate future worlds as imagined by Beatriz Cortez, Nettrice Gaskins, Soo Sunny Park, Devan Shimoyama, and Tamiko Thiel and/p in their Smithsonian debuts

Read More Releases

Smithsonian Announces New Interactive Installation by Acclaimed Artist Suchi Reddy as Centerpiece of “FUTURES” read more Smithsonian’s FUTURES To Host Public Debut of Virgin Hyperloop’s Milestone ‘Pegasus’ Pod read more Smithsonian To Debut Groundbreaking New 'FUTURES' for 175th Anniversary Smithsonian To Debut Groundbreaking New 'FUTURES' for 175th Anniversary The Washington Post: The Smithsonian is turning 175. It’s celebrating with robots, flying cars and hope. read more about futures

Press Images

request hi-res images

About AIB

The Smithsonian’s Arts + Industries Building (AIB) is the first National Museum of the United States. Opened in 1881 on the National Mall, its soaring halls have showcased national treasures and world-changing ideas. Much more than a museum, AIB was a catalyst that drove a young nation forward and a space that celebrated the skill, genius, progress, and civilization of America.

Now, AIB is being reborn as a national space to explore ideas about the future, with a mission to inspire millions of young people to think more hopefully and flexibly about the world they want to live in. A new century demands a new way of thinking and together we can tackle ambitious challenges while embracing a future that is hopeful, optimistic, and innovative.

AIB Fact Sheet

Contact Us

Allison Peck Headshot Portrait

Allison Peck

Director Of External Affairs & Partnerships


Ellie Reynolds Headshot Portrait

Ellie Reynolds

Director of Marketing