Along with our permanent exhibits, the museum has a Special Exhibits Gallery that measures 2,000 square feet. This space houses between two to three rotating exhibits per year – these exhibits are created in-house and by guest curators, or are traveling exhibits from other institutions and museums.
“Things Come Apart,” a Smithsonian traveling exhibit (July 15, 2017–October 8, 2017)Through extraordinary photographs, disassembled objects and fascinating videos, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service’s “Things Come Apart” 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.
“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).
We would like to extend a special thank you to our local partners, the Eastman Foundation and Strongwell.