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Things Come Apart

February 10 – May 6, 2018

These days the phones we carry in our pockets contain a camera, a movie theater, a map, and much more. But do you know what’s inside that magic rectangle? Things Come Apart, a fascinating exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution that opens at the History Center in February, delves into the smartphone and dozens of other items we use daily. Featuring the works of creative photographer and tinkerer Todd McLellan, the exhibit reveals the deep complexity of everyday products as it highlights both revolutionary technologies and the power of classic designs such as the evergreen bicycle. An added component will include items made right here in Central Florida. Things Come Apart strikingly reveals the design and engineering behind some of our most common, useful, and prized possessions.

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Exhibit Events

VIP/Member Opening Friday, February 9 • 6 – 8 p.m.

Tour the exhibit with its creator, Todd McLellan; enjoy light hor d’oevres (invitation only).

Grand Opening, Saturday, February 10 • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Meet photographer Todd McLellan and learn how the exhibit was created; free admission.

Food Comes Apart, Friday, March 23 • 7 – 9 p.m.

A culinary adventure of food origin, science, flavor & food, dinner included, cost TBD. Check back for details.

Family & Youth Discovery Day, Saturday, April 7 • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Free fun activities for the entire family with paid admission. Bank of America/Merrill Lynch cardholders enjoy free admission.

Take It Apart Facebook Photo Contest

Do you like to take things apart? If you do, we have a fun contest for you. Simply deconstruct an inanimate object, photograph it, and send the image to Erica.Baker2@ocfl.net by Jan. 19. We’ll post the finalists — if your image is selected, share it to your Facebook page. The photo that receives the most likes wins an invite to our Feb. 9 VIP opening, where you’ll meet the artist behind our Things Come Apart exhibit from the Smithsonian!


  • February 10, 2018