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GYRE: The Plastic Ocean

Ever wonder how CDC scientists merge old-fashioned detective work with high-tech science to crack the cases of mystery diseases? Get the Story! Visit the David J. Sencer CDC Museum at CDC Headquarters. This unique museum features award-winning permanent and changing exhibitions that focus on a variety of public health topics, as well as the history of CDC. The museum is free and open to the public so we would like to see you soon.

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GYRE: The Plastic Ocean

Andy Hughes, "UFO Plastic Gyre Series,"

GYRE: The Plastic Ocean

January 26 – June 19, 2015

A flip-flop discarded in Thailand finds its way to Hawaii, and a bottle cast off from a tsunami in Japan becomes Alaska’s beach litter. In a culture dependent upon the modern convenience of plastic, throwaway products of consumption are affecting oceans and shrinking our world as we all become connected through our trash. On display in the temporary gallery, this unique art and science exhibition brings the problem into perspective.


Hidden History

Museum artifacts in storage

Stories from the Collection

Discover the stories behind the historic objects at the CDC Museum. Learn why they are valuable to CDC's history, and how they came to be a part of the collection.


Museum Info

  • Hours
    Monday: 9am-5pm
    Tuesday: 9am-5pm
    Wednesday: 9am-5pm
    Thursday: 9am-7pm
    Friday: 9am-5pm
    Closed weekends & federal holidays
  • Location 1600 Clifton Road NE
    Atlanta, GA 30329
  • Phone 404-639-0830
  • Admission & Parking Free

Atlanta Science Festival Events at the CDC Museum

Join us in late March for STEAM related events here at the David J. Sencer CDC Museum in conjunction with the 2015 Atlanta Science Festival.


Now Live: Summer Camp Applications

Applications are live for the 2015 sessions of CDC’s Disease Detective Camp. The camp is open to upcoming high school juniors and seniors and is held at CDC's headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.


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  • Page last updated: February 4, 2014
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