SI 175

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.

Join us online October 27 at 6:30 p.m. for a lively discussion, From "Our Divided Past" to "Our Shared Future," on the role of museums in the advancement of equity and understanding.

Kickoff to the Smithsonian’s 175th Birthday Commemoration

Birthday Wishes from the Smithsonian Community

Kickoff to the Smithsonian’s 175th Birthday Commemoration

Birthday Wishes from the Smithsonian Community

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Futures exhibition illustration

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 20, 2021 through July 6, 2022, FUTURES is your guide to a vast array of interactives, artworks, tech, and ideas that are glimpses into humanity’s next chapter.

Smithsonian 175th Film Fest

Grab some popcorn! To celebrate the Smithsonian Institution’s 175th anniversary in 2021, the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives will host monthly programs featuring films from the collections of the Smithsonian Institution Archives. The series will be hosted virtually between August 2021 and August 2022. 

What makes this series so special? In addition to the film screenings, archivists, conservators, and subject experts will also provide some context to the videos, share a little about their work, and answer questions from the audience during the one-hour programs. These screenings will also be the first instance that the films have ever been made available online to the public.

Present History Activity Guide

Present History

As the Smithsonian celebrates its 175th anniversary, lifelong learners and their families can enjoy highlights of significant, game-changing milestones that inspire, excite, and offer moments of reflection. Through stories of innovation, movements, inspiration, and reflection in an ongoing quest to better understand the American experience, readers are introduced to a sampling of the breadth and depth of the Smithsonian. Games throughout the guide offer opportunities to test your knowledge, learn something new, and connect with family and friends.

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