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FUTURES may be closed, but this is just the beginning of the rest of YOUR futures—of building the world you want to live...
09/30/2022

FUTURES may be closed, but this is just the beginning of the rest of YOUR futures—of building the world you want to live in, and sharing it with those around you. Thanks for joining us on our journey to !

AIB is temporarily closed, stay tuned for info about its next exciting chapter. Follow along with the Smithsonian for updates and enjoy historic throwbacks with Smithsonian Institution Archives!

Tour 2050 with Your Future Guide!
08/17/2022

Tour 2050 with Your Future Guide!

To help people wrap their minds around what the future holds, a Smithsonian museum has devised an online experience to help project your mind three decades forward.

08/10/2022

Today is our birthday! The Smithsonian was officially created on Aug. 10, 1846.

In 1829, English scientist James Smithson left his fortune to the United States to found an institution for the “increase and diffusion of knowledge.” Why? It’s a mystery.

Smithson, an Oxford graduate who first identified the mineral now named smithsonite, never visited the U.S. while he was alive.

His bequest sparked widespread debate over what such a national institution might be. Once established, the Smithsonian became part of the process of developing a U.S. national identity. Today we are the world's largest museum, education, and research complex.

This photo of the Smithsonian's 150th birthday party in 1996 comes from Smithsonian Institution Archives.

07/11/2022
Only 1 Week Left! ⏳Explore FUTURES before it closes July 6 🤖
06/29/2022

Only 1 Week Left! ⏳
Explore FUTURES before it closes July 6 🤖

On July 6, we’ll open the doors to FUTURES one last time for an epic bash worthy of the next millennia. We’d love it if you joined us to celebrate the endless possibilities of tomorrow. FUTURES may be closing. But this is not the end, this is the beginning—of the rest of YOUR futures, of […]

Last chance: Get your FUTURES merch before the exhibit closes July 6!*Voted Best Time Traveler Trading Post of 2071*
06/27/2022

Last chance: Get your FUTURES merch before the exhibit closes July 6!
*Voted Best Time Traveler Trading Post of 2071*

Galactic gifts for all your past, present, and future needs

What will your life will be like in 2050? How do we care for a future that we cannot even imagine? We're introducing a n...
06/22/2022

What will your life will be like in 2050? How do we care for a future that we cannot even imagine? We're introducing a new digital experience to offer you a tour of the ideas, objects, and inventions that could transform your future.💫

The future is in your hands. No pressure.

Explore the changing light of "Expanded Present" by Soo Sunny Park for the Summer Solstice! ☀️️
06/21/2022

Explore the changing light of "Expanded Present" by Soo Sunny Park for the Summer Solstice! ☀️️

Soo Sunny Park’s Expanded Present Cross the threshold of present to past to future as you step through an iridescent new installation by Soo Sunny Park at AIB’s entrance. This […]

We were thrilled to welcome the Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff for a tour of FUTURES with our Director Rachel Goslins a...
06/07/2022

We were thrilled to welcome the Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff for a tour of FUTURES with our Director Rachel Goslins and curator Ashley Molese!

What new technologies and trends are currently moving the needle on how and where we work? We might transition to four-d...
05/31/2022

What new technologies and trends are currently moving the needle on how and where we work? We might transition to four-day work weeks, host meetings in virtual reality or design our dream offices with artificial intelligence. Join us June 2 for a conversation with a group of experts to explore how emerging technologies will transform the future of our workplaces!

Join the AIB to explore how the great digital age and emerging technologies will transform the future of our workplace.

Rain or shine, we have an amazing lineup for Field Day! 🏈🥏⚽️
05/27/2022

Rain or shine, we have an amazing lineup for Field Day! 🏈🥏⚽️

Join us for a Saturday of fun activities that will get your body moving while exploring an inclusive and uplifting future of sports!

05/19/2022

We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Program: Future Journeys at Your Fingertips

Happy Opening Day for “Moonwalk,” a new immersive journey to the lunar surface in partnership with Meta 🌖
05/04/2022

Happy Opening Day for “Moonwalk,” a new immersive journey to the lunar surface in partnership with Meta 🌖

Moonwalk Calling all space enthusiasts, we’re going to the moon! Strap on a headset at our FUTURES Play Lab May 4-June 5 and prepare for landing with “Moonwalk,” our new […]

Calling all space enthusiasts, we’re going to the moon! 🚀We’re excited to announce a new collaboration with Meta 💫
04/25/2022

Calling all space enthusiasts, we’re going to the moon! 🚀
We’re excited to announce a new collaboration with Meta 💫

Stitching together thousands of archival photos and audio samples, the exhibit will let visitors walk in the Apollo astronauts’ shoes.

Celebrate   all weekend! 🌎✨Immerse yourself in a morning sound bath or get your hands dirty at our bike maintenance stat...
04/23/2022

Celebrate all weekend! 🌎✨
Immerse yourself in a morning sound bath or get your hands dirty at our bike maintenance station. Get a taste of tomorrow at our FUTURES Food Market, groove at our energy-efficient silent disco, and more!

It’s Earth Day, and we’re leading the scene to keep it green for Earth Days @ FUTURES: A Sustainability Celebration all weekend.

04/14/2022

Tell Me More: Doing Nothing with AI

Tell Me More: Doing Nothing with AI

Join a special interactive performance and dance party this Friday with cyborg artists Moon Ribas and Neil Harbisson! 🎶
03/21/2022

Join a special interactive performance and dance party this Friday with cyborg artists Moon Ribas and Neil Harbisson! 🎶

Here are five upcoming events in DC worth checking out.

“The cherry blossom asks us to open our senses and focus intensely on the beauty of the moment.” Celebrate the first day...
03/20/2022

“The cherry blossom asks us to open our senses and focus intensely on the beauty of the moment.”
Celebrate the first day of spring with AR cherry blossoms by Tamiko Thiel, explore “Suspended Spring" 🌸

Looking at trees isn't the only way to celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Consider these blossom-themed art exhibitions and events instead.

What's your favorite STEM-related place to visit? Local Ambassadors from the   exhibit share their inspiration:
03/11/2022

What's your favorite STEM-related place to visit?
Local Ambassadors from the exhibit share their inspiration:

We asked 12 women scientists featured in " — the Exhibit" to tell us the places that inspired them.

Happy   🎉We’re celebrating with highlights from opening weekend of   – The Exhibit💫Over 50k visitors explored the exhibi...
03/08/2022

Happy 🎉
We’re celebrating with highlights from opening weekend of – The Exhibit💫
Over 50k visitors explored the exhibit and came face to face with women scientists who are changing the world!🔬🧬🦖🔭🌱

  opens to the public tomorrow! 🎉
03/04/2022

opens to the public tomorrow! 🎉

The Smithsonian introduced “ — The Exhibit" on TODAY Friday. The museum called the historic exhibit the "largest collection of statues of women ever assembled."

02/24/2022

Dream Big! An Interactive Playback Performance

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“This exhibition highlights how a more diverse, more inclusive workforce will strengthen our shared future.”- Smithsonia...
02/15/2022

“This exhibition highlights how a more diverse, more inclusive workforce will strengthen our shared future.”- Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch

It will be the "largest collection of statues of women ever assembled together," the institution said.

Just Announced: We’re excited to support Smithsonian’s debut of  - The Exhibit! Opening March 5, come face to face with ...
02/11/2022

Just Announced: We’re excited to support Smithsonian’s debut of - The Exhibit! Opening March 5, come face to face with 120 life-size 3D-printed statues of contemporary !
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Learn more about Women's FUTURES Month

01/26/2022
Tune in today at 2:00pm EST! Join us for a virtual screening of 8 inspirational commissioned documentary shorts, audienc...
01/15/2022

Tune in today at 2:00pm EST! Join us for a virtual screening of 8 inspirational commissioned documentary shorts, audience talkbacks, music from Amikaeyla Gaston, and discussion with the award-winning filmmakers ✨

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. What do we dream of? A new film series called Futures We Dream answers this question by showcasing stories of hope and resilience from everyday people making a difference across the cou...

❄️❄️❄️📷: Snowy view of Soo Sunny Park’s “Expanded Present”✨ by James Gagliardi, Smithsonian Gardens
01/03/2022

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📷: Snowy view of Soo Sunny Park’s “Expanded Present”✨ by James Gagliardi, Smithsonian Gardens

01/03/2022

Official website of the Smithsonian, the world's largest museum and research complex, with 19 museums, 9 research centers, and affiliates around the world.

"What if instead of relying on our own resolutions we asked an AI what it thinks we should do?" Learn more about Janelle...
12/31/2021

"What if instead of relying on our own resolutions we asked an AI what it thinks we should do?" Learn more about Janelle Shane's AI-generated New Year's resolutions in The Washington Post ✨

An increasingly popular idea is to outsource choices to algorithms, even New Year's resolutions. It doesn’t sound half bad.

Introducing our new online Futurist In Residence program, launching with AI humorist and researcher Janelle Shane! ✨
12/30/2021

Introducing our new online Futurist In Residence program, launching with AI humorist and researcher Janelle Shane! ✨

This month I'm beginning 2022 as the first Futurist in Residence at the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building. It's weird to think of myself as a futurist. I write a lot about the algorithms we're calling artificial intelligence (AI), but rather than deal with the humanlike science fiction versio...

Spot the fossils 🔍Our marble and limestone floors in the main halls date to 1881; they replaced the original, temporary,...
12/26/2021

Spot the fossils 🔍
Our marble and limestone floors in the main halls date to 1881; they replaced the original, temporary, wood flooring that was installed for President James A. Garfield’s inaugural ball (the first event held in the space—before exhibits were installed). A number of fossils can be found in the black marble as the sedentary composition that formed the marble was once under sea water and trapped small marine life.
Visit and share what you find!

We're open from 10am-5:30pm today, plan your visit!
12/26/2021

We're open from 10am-5:30pm today, plan your visit!

Smithsonian's "Futures" exhibition is 32,000 square feet of technology, design and art. Here are several of the standout projects.

May your holiday season be merry and bright! ✨Cross the threshold of present to past to future as you step through an ir...
12/25/2021

May your holiday season be merry and bright! ✨
Cross the threshold of present to past to future as you step through an iridescent new installation by Soo Sunny Park.
Using dichroic glass, a material invented by NASA, “Expanded Present” reacts to the changing natural light. As the hours, weeks, and seasons pass, and the sun changes position in the sky, the installation responds with different colors of light.

Reminder we're closed today, but will reopen tomorrow at 10 AM!
📷: Farrah Skeiky Photo

Meet Roomie, a robot designed for therapeutic treatment by a Mexican technology company. During the COVID-19 pandemic, a...
12/24/2021

Meet Roomie, a robot designed for therapeutic treatment by a Mexican technology company. During the COVID-19 pandemic, at a time of necessary social distancing, Roomie has helped relieve loneliness and isolation among hospital patients. It can detect symptoms and also converse using natural language processing software.
Visit FUTURES to ask Roomie a question!
📷: Albert Ting

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The world’s first production-ready chair designed using AI represents an inspiring step forward in human-machine collaboration.

Created by Philippe Starck in partnership with Kartell and Autodesk Research.

You can find this and more human/AI design at the Autodesk Co-Lab in the Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building FUTURES exhibition.

: https://autode.sk/3ic9Jlq.
We all had a blast at the FUTURES exhibit yesterday!!!! 100% recommending this to everyone I know!!!!
New project with Q**m Giron : The Pregnancy Sense, a cyborg organ that allows Q**m to listen in real time the fluids of baby’s amniotoc sac and heartbeat through bone conducted headphones. While I have a biological connection to the baby, Q**m has a digital one.
Portrait exhibition and first cyborg family music performance this month Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building , Washington DC.
Our portrait is exhibited along with my dear cyborg friends: .landre
So great to join Chair Brenda Mallory, National Nuclear Security Administration's Administrator Jill Hruby, and Under Secretary of Science and Energy Dr. Geri Richmond at the Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building to see IF/THEN's exhibit featuring the largest collection of 3D-printed statues of women in STEM. Some of these statues include our very own DOE Lab scientists 👏
Opening this weekend! Find your newest role model with the exhibit. Now through March 27, 120 life-sized statues of women STEM innovators will be scattered around the National Mall. They include women who have protected wildlife, discovered galaxies, and sought cures for cancer.

See the opening weekend activities and learn more at https://www.si.edu/womensfutures. Hosted by the Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building, Smithsonian Gardens, the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
What was the first event ever held at Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building? It was President James A. Garfield’s inaugural ball, held on this day in 1881!

The building, then called the U.S. National Museum, was not even finished. The exhibits hadn’t yet been installed, and workers constructed a temporary wooden floor just for the event. To add to the festivities, planners installed elaborate flag displays, garlands of lights strung from the ceiling, and the colossal Statue of America figure in the Rotunda. Approximately 7,000 guests attended the ball and the evening’s entertainment was led by conductor John Philip Sousa and the U.S. Marine Band.

It would be another nearly eight months until the Arts and Industries Building opened to the public in October 1881. ➡️ s.si.edu/2NmUOJ7 (📷:SIA2009-0161)
In celebration of Smithsonian Gardens is proud to welcome - The Exhibit.


Of the 120 If/Then sculptures, 89 will be located in the Enid A. Haupt Garden this weekend only along with 19 in the Smithsonian Castle and 12 in the Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building. Following the opening, 37 will move to the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution and 33 to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History with 19 remaining in the garden through March 27th.

Video description: A walk through of a garden staged with many orange statues of women.

🎥: James Gagliardi, Supervisory Horticulturist
Meet 120 faces who may inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians. brings the largest collection of statues of women ever assembled together to highlight STEM innovators leading a variety of fields, all in 3D-printed bright orange. Whether they’re protecting wildlife, discovering galaxies, choreographing robots, or trying to cure cancer, these women make visible the work and achievements of .

Celebrate with us and our Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building, Smithsonian Gardens, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution with programs and activities, March 5 through 27. Visit si.edu/womensfutures for statue locations and to learn more.