FUTURES — An Innovative Exploration of the Future

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For its 175th anniversary, the Smithsonian is looking forward! FUTURES is the first building-wide exploration of the future on the National Mall! FUTURES spans 32,000-square-feet inside the Arts + Industries Building and will be on view until July 6, 2022.

FUTURES features a vast array of interactives, artworks, technologies, and ideas that are glimpses into humanity’s next chapter. Smell a molecule. Clean your clothes in a wetland. Meditate with an AI robot. Travel through space and time. Watch water being harvested from the air. Become an emoji.

The FUTURES is yours to decide, debate, delight! The Smithsonian invites you to dream big and imagine not just one future, but many possible futures on the horizon!

Visit daily, or enjoy a special opportunity:


Carlos Carmonamedina
Feb 15-Mar 1, 2022
For the FUTURES Play Lab, illustrator Carlos Carmonamedina shares five new illustrations of the Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building (AIB) created through his Futurist-in-Residence project, transporting visitors on a journey from past visions of the future, through AIB today, and beyond.

Visitors are invited to take a postcard and write a note to their future selves — one, five, or ten years from now. Share a memory, advice for your future self, or a joke from the past that might give you a chuckle in the future. What message would future you want to receive? Learn more.

Cyborg Arts Foundation
March 3-31, 2022

Interactive sculptures will invite visitors for a cyborg sensory experience!

Working against the typical notion that cyborgs are more machine than human, this residency experience aims to demonstrate how much of the cyborg arts community is using new technologies to bring themselves closer to nature and more in harmony with the holistics of the natural world. Learn more.


Enjoy free tours on select days throughout the week; find your day here.

• FUTURES Flash @ 12 pm: A 15-minute glimpse of the future through a single object.
• Highlights Tour @ 2 pm: A 45-minute themed exploration of possible futures.


In-Person & Virtual: Dream Big! An Interactive Playback Performance
Feb 24, 2022

In honor of Black Futures Month, how can you channel the bold self-assuredness of McKissick to make your wildest dreams a reality? What strategies can you use to build and sustain those dreams? Join storyteller and playwright, John A. Johnson along with his theatre group, Verbal Gymnastics, for a fun and interactive performance guided by YOUR dreams about the future. We’re combining live playback theatre with your creative storytelling skills to make those big dreams about your ideal future a reality. Learn more.

Fridays @ FUTURES: Wormhole Night
Feb 25, 2022

Start your weekend off right every Friday with a generous helping of fun and surprising brain snacks. ‘FUTURES’ is open late, plus bonus drop-in tours and special guests. Get weird this week with FUTURES Curator Ashley Molese for a time-traveling tour. Wormholes are real!

The act of time traveling may seem farfetched, but with FUTURES you can journey from one past vision of the future into another. Starting at the portal of Expanded Present, hear and see how our present reality is altered in the future beyond. Then, tour through alternate dimensions and adventure across the different kinds of futures we could encounter.

Virtual: Meet Us In the FUTURES: Women in Media
Mar 3, 2022

The month of March at FUTURES represents a new season and a celebration of women. We begin #WomensFuturesMonth by acknowledging their past achievements in the field of media and looking toward the female-focused success stories of tomorrow. How can we better prioritize the inclusion of female-led perspectives in the world of media?

Meet Us in the FUTURES will transport you directly into the inspiring spaces of two big thinkers for an imaginative conversation about the future of media. Featured panelists will include Cierra Glaude, who serves as a film director behind the award-winning OWN drama, Queen Sugar, and award-winning entertainment journalist Gia Peppers. Learn more.


Until July 6, 2022

Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building • Wash, DC (Map)


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