Can you imagine a time when there were no waterproof raincoats? No plastic buckets? Humans existed without plastics for centuries. Now, we rely on them to meet our basic needs. Plastics help keep us safe and healthy. They make our daily lives convenient in so many ways that it’s nearly impossible to imagine a world without them. Before the 1950’s, we hardly used plastics. How did they go from being rare to being everywhere?

Plastics Unwrapped explores how material culture was changed—rapidly and perhaps permanently—by plastics. Learn what life was like before plastics, how they are made, why they’re so convenient and beneficial to use, and what happens after we throw them away. Plastics were marketed as the “material of the future.” Now, that prediction has come true. They will stay in landfills and oceans for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. In order to counter the impact of plastic waste, we need to rethink our relationship with plastics.

Discover how, at Plastics Unwrapped. 

Local's Free Days! Visit the Museum for free on October 13th, November 10th and December 8th, 2015

Museum Hours:  Monday-Saturday: 10 -7 pm

                         Sunday: Noon - 6 pm Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas

Price:  Adults: $10 Seniors 65+, Students, Military: $8 Children: $5 (age 7-17) 6 and under: Free

* If you will be visiting in April, May, November or early December, please call the Museum for off-season hours.

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