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Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit "Things Come Apart" now open at BCMM

July 15 — October 8

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum will be hosting the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service's exhibit "Things Come Apart" from July 15 to October 8, 2017. Through extraordinary photographs, disassembled objects and fascinating videos, this exhibit 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. For example, the individual components of a record player, a Walkman, and iPod illustrate 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. Additionally, the exhibit explores ideas about reuse, repair, and recycling.

The exhibit 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, "Things Come Apart" includes three hands-on Activity Kits Created by the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation's SparkLab.Schools are invited to contact the Birthplace of Country Music at education@birthplaceofcountrymusic.orgor 423-573-1927 to find out more about booking school visits to the exhibit.

The museum will also be hosting several educational and engaging programs to go along with the "Things Come Apart" exhibit—keep an eye on the events calendar at www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.orgfor details on these programs.

"Things Come Apart" is an exhibition organized by Todd McLellan and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).