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Things Come Apart

Things Come Apart

Through extraordinary photographs, disassembled objects and fascinating videos, Things Come Apart 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.

Unique to the the exhibition at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum is a circa 1900—1910 phonograph from the museum's collections. The phonograph was taken down to its three largest components: base, top and turntable with attached motor, and horn, along with a second non-working motor down to its smaller components, and displayed alongside the Smithsonian exhibition.

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 SparkLab.

Things Come Apart
is an exhibition organized by Todd McLellan and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). Featured photo by SITES depicts the disassembled phonograph. 


07-15-2017 thru 10-08-2017
Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Bristol, Virginia
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