Container — The box that changed the world

Start date: 22 Jul 2018 / End date: 23 Jul 2018

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This spring the museum will present an exciting, free outdoor exhibition that explores the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most important innovations: the humble shipping container.

Colourful metal boxes will be scattered like giant Lego pieces around the wharves and outdoor spaces in what will be the museum’s very first outdoor exhibition. Each box will reveal the secrets of how the shipping container has shaped the modern world, changing the way people produce, shop, eat, work and live.

Ubiquitous, standardised and universal, it’s easy to take the shipping container for granted. But some economists say this unassuming box has done more for global trade than every trade agreement signed over the past 50 years.

This unique, free exhibition will run for twelve months at the museum before the containers continue their voyage around regional New South Wales.