2021 represents a significant chapter in the Smithsonian’s history—its 175th anniversary. As we commemorate this milestone, it is important to not only look back at where we have been, but also look ahead to what is on the horizon. Please take a moment to watch this short video highlighting the Smithsonian’s unique ability to inspire a new generation to learn from the past and build a brighter future.
To celebrate the Smithsonian’s 175th anniversary in 2021, we’ll be reopening the Arts and Industries Building for the first time in two decades with a groundbreaking new experience that looks forward. Part exhibition, part festival, FUTURES will be the first building-wide exploration of the future on the National Mall. What do you imagine when you think of the future? We’ll invite you to dream, debate, delight, and discover not just one but many possible futures on the horizon: exosuits, underwater homes, lab-grown meals, experiments, prototypes, and more. Open November 2021–July 2022, FUTURES is your guide to a vast array of interactives, artworks, tech, and ideas that are glimpses into humanity’s next chapter.