Museum of Plastic 2121

Visit a future where single use plastic is only ever found in museums.

An exhibition in the Museum of Plastic 2121 with a 3D model of a Blue Whale floating in the air above the sea bed. Plastic waste can be seen scattered among the rocks on the sea floor.

“It’s just 1 plastic bottle”

… said eight billion people

Museum of Plastic 2121 is an imagined future museum, built to teach future generations about plastics and tell the story of how activism started in 2021 led to the positive change that resulted in us cleaning up our oceans and forever changing our relationship with plastic.

Taking inspiration from the Solarpunk* movement, this is a positive look at our future. The world today can seem bleak, with terrifying predictions creating deep-seated anxiety for the future, throwing doubt on the impact of individual action.

We’ve worked closely in partnership with South African activists Greenpop and the arts organisation Baz-Art who have created real world murals as well as 3D paintings from which they’ve conducted workshops and public engagement around the subject of single use plastic and its impact on the environment. These artworks are being brought into the museum to demonstrate the amount of effort being made in the present day to educate and motivate the public to make a change in their behaviour.

The museum will span 300 years of human history and to help us take a look backwards and to forecast the future we’ve consulted and collaborated with scientists and experts from all over the world through Hull University’s Circular Plastics Collabatory and the Museum of Design in Plastics, Arts University Bournemouth.

It’s perfectly at home on the Curatours platform where it isn’t constrained by time or space. Museum of Plastic 2121 is available download for free and can be accessed via phone, desktop or VR headset for an amazing immersive experience. We will periodically open additional wings of the museum so there is more content to come! – sign up to find out more.

An art movement that envisions how the future might look if humanity succeeds in solving major contemporary challenges

Partners & Supporters

Developed in collaboration with activists Greenpop and arts organisation Baz-Art as well as Possible, the Circular Plastics Collaboratory at Hull University and the Museum of Design in Plastics, Arts University Bournemouth.

Museum of Plastic is supported by the British Council’s Creative Commissions programme, a series of creative commissions exploring climate change through art, science and digital technology as part of The Climate Connection global initiative.