Learn more about EXPLORE FREE FAMILY FUN DAY AT THE MUSEUM.
Take part in a Free Family Fun Day at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum! Explore maker activities and crafts, including a 3D printer demo presented by the Bristol Public Library, a demo of making art from “found” objects by local artisan Terry Clark, recycling crafts, and more! This event is free and open to the public, and includes free admission to Things Come Apart.
Things Come Apart will be at the museum from July 15 to October 8, 2017. Examine extraordinary photographs, disassembled objects, and fascinating videos from this Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition as it reveals the inner workings of common, everyday possessions. Images of dozens of objects explore how things are designed and made and how technology has evolved over time. Check out the individual components of a record player, a Walkman, and an iPod, and consider the technical changes in sound reproduction over the years. As a visual investigation of design and engineering, Things Come Apart also celebrates classic examples of industrial design like the sewing machine, the mechanical pencil, and the telescope. The exhibit also explores ideas about reuse, repair, and recycling.
Things Come Apart embraces key STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) concepts and provides an ideal environment for hands-on experimentation, tinkering, and creative makerspaces. Through support from the Smithsonian Women’s Committee, the exhibition includes three hands-on Activity Kits created by the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation’s Spark!Lab.
Things Come Apart is an exhibition organized by Todd McLellan and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).
520 Birthplace of Country Music Way
Bristol, VA 24201