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Ocean Plastics Lab is Coming to the National Mall

While people are the cause of plastic marine pollution, they can also be the solution. The Ocean Plastics Lab is an international outdoor travelling exhibition, showcasing the contribution of science to understand and combat the problem of plastics in the ocean. After Paris, Turin and Brussels, the Ocean Plastics Lab opens on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., from June 4 through 17. Admission is free. Visitors of all ages are invited to enter four shipping containers to gain an insight into current international research on marine pollution, and are encouraged to engage on scientific work in progress around the world. The exhibit brings attention to the global problem of ocean plastic pollution and highlights science-based solutions.

As they walk through the exhibit, visitors will see the waste from ocean plastics and marine debris, explore how science is detecting its impacts on marine life and ocean health, and learn about efforts to build long-term solutions.

The Ocean Plastics Lab's visit to Washington’s National Mall is also an example of the growing collaboration on ocean science between the United States and the European Union.

Ocean Plastics Lab

Where: Washington National Mall: Between the National Museum of Natural History and Smithsonian Castle, at the level of 10th Street, NW near Jefferson Drive, SW.

Nearest Metro: Smithsonian Station-National Mall.


When: June 4 - 17, open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.