Take a Peek Inside the Candy Wrapper Museum

Candy wrapper museum curator

Smithsonian Magazine recently featured the online only CandyWrapper Museum, which has been Darlene Lacey’s project for 50 years! It’s always a joy to see someone sustain and share a lifelong passion. The museum is filled with countless gems and surprises – there was a Seven Up bar??

Then inspiration struck. Instead of throwing away those wrappers, I would save them. I would create the Candy Wrapper Museum, where I envisioned that the wrappers would one day be enjoyed as art, nostalgia and humor. It was 1977, and teenage me had a plan: I would collect these wrappers throughout my lifetime, then open up the museum as a roadside attraction in my old age. I chose my first pieces, Nice Mice and Cinnamon Teddy Bears, and so began this journey. Friends caught the spirit of fun and donated pieces. Collecting became an affordable, novel way to explore the world around me, one that could turn even a mundane shopping trip into a treasure hunt.


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