event · October 22, 2019 – March 8, 2020

Designs for Different Futures

Whether it’s apocalyptic, utopian, or still up for grabs, the future is a perennial source of inspiration for designers. Join us as we explore visionary and sometimes controversial designs that promise to transform how we live, eat, heal, travel, and even love, in any number of possible futures. From lab-grown food and robotic companions to citizenship exchange, discover imaginative ideas that respond to human civilization’s future needs, desires, and fears.

Futures Therapy Lab

A space for conversation, critique, and creativity for those considering the ideas set forth in the exhibition. In addition to daily drop-in activities, the Lab will host weekly events. Open to visitors of all ages and free with museum admission.

Drop-in Daily Activities

Tuesday–Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Wednesday & Friday, 10:00 a.m.–8:45 p.m.

Thinking about possible futures is both exhilarating and anxiety-making. Work it out through art making, reading, and reflection.

Artists in the Lab

Wednesdays, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Artists and designers share their work through talks, demonstrations, and workshops.

The Designer Is In

Thursdays (except Thanksgiving) & Saturdays, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

One-on-one sessions with designers offer new perspectives on your everyday life.

Sci-Fi Sundays

Sundays (except first Sunday of the month), 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Drop-in readings that explore narratives of the future.


Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19130 US