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East Gallery

Plastics Unwrapped

Open through May 4, 2014 (included in Museum Admission)

Plastic resin pellets and shards of photo degraded plastics, Mission Bay, Auckland, New Zealand. 
Image courtesy of Joe Dowling / Sustainable Coastlines / Marine Photobank.

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, it’s nearly impossible to imagine a world without them.

Before the 1950s, we hardly used plastics. How did they go from being rare to being everywhere?
Plastics Unwrapped, a new exhibit atthe South Florida Museum, 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.

The exhibit explores how plastics have changed the world, through topics ranging from life before plastics to the effects of plastic on our health and the environment. Understand what the recycling numbers mean on plastic items, and learn about promising breakthroughs in science that are changing the role of plastic in our lives.

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.

Plastics Unwrapped 
is a traveling exhibit organized by the Burke Museum, University of Washington. The National tour has been generously sponsored by The Boeing Company and the University of Washington. The exhibition will be available for viewing at the South Florida Museum from February 1 - May 4, 2014. All Museum exhibitions are included in Museum daily admission.  


An Exhibition Reception will take place on Thursday, February 6 at 5:30 pm. The reception is Free for Museum Members, $5 for non-members. Please RSVP here or call 941-746-4131 ext. 13. A cash bar will be available.

Coming Soon to the East Gallery...

Opening May 24, 2014 (included in Museum Admission)
Exhibition Reception: Thursday, May 29 at 5:30 pm 

South Florida Museum presents Coffee: The World in Your Cup, an exhibit that tells the story of one of the world’s most widely traded commodities and how it has affected cultures, economies, and environments across the globe.  On view from May 24, 2014 to August 29,2014, Coffee explores the environmental and social impacts of the coffee industry and recommends ways for consumers to make socially and environmentally responsible coffee purchases at the grocery store or in a coffee shop.  Learn about the impacts of caffeine, the world’s most commonly-used drug, on your body, discover coffee’s early controversial reputation as a “revolutionary drink,” and consider the culture that surrounds coffee in the twenty-first century.  Photos, maps, text, selected artifacts, audiovisual presentations, and hands-on demonstrations help visitors explore the fascinating world behind the coffee we drink. Coffee: The World in Your Cup has been organized by the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle, Washington. 

Exhibition Reception: Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 5:30 pm
(Free for Museum Members / $5 Non-members)
Click here to RSVP or call 941-746-4131, ext. 17