Explore Free Family Fun Day at the Museum - The Birthplace of Country Music
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Explore Free Family Fun Day at the Museum

August 26, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

EXPLORE THINGS COME APART for free and participate in a variety of maker activities AT FAMILY FUN DAY!

Date: Saturday, August 26, 2017

Time: 11:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.

Location: Birthplace of Country Music Museum


“Things Come Apart” Mantel clock made by E. Ingraham in 1928. Component count: 59. Photograph by Todd McLellan.

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, an upcycling craft from the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Green Team, a “take apart” table where kids can learn how things work and are made by taking them apart, and a Smithsonian Spark!Lab soundscape activity! This event is free and open to the public, and includes free admission to Things Come ApartPlease note that museum admission applies to the permanent exhibits.

About our Family Fun Day partners

Did you know the Bristol Public Library has a 3D printer for public use? The library’s Jones Creativity Center will demonstrate the 3D printer at the museum’s Family Fun Day, showing you how easy it is to find or make your own design – from trinkets to prosthetics! All participants will receive a 3D printed gift and a coupon for your first 3D print at the library.

 Artisan Terry Clark – a woodworker and metal crafter from Troutdale, Virginia, who creates wonderful steampunk-style lamps – will be on-site throughout the Family Fun Day maker event. Terry will give demos focused on  making cool objects and art from “found or recycled objects,” offering kids the chance to see how they might be able to make their own things from these types of objects, talking to them about what he does as an artist, and showing them some of his techniques.

The Bristol Rhythm & Roots Green Team will host an upcycling craft, turning small plastic bottles into hideaway key holders or treasure troves.

About the exhibit

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).




August 26, 2017
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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