Through extraordinary photographs, disassembled objects, and fascinating videos…

Things Come Apart reveals the inner workings of common, everyday possessions.

This exhibition, now at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley located in Winchester, Virginia, presents more than 40 images of dozens of objects that explore how things are designed and made and how technology has evolved over time. Things Come Apart features the works of creative photographer Todd McLellan and is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).

McLellan spent countless hours disassembling objects of all sizes and functions—from a bicycle to a laptop and an upright piano to an iPhone—and photographing them. His images of these disassembled objects highlight the contrast between old-world craftsmanship and sleek modern engineering.

At the MSV through May 10, 2020, Things Come Apart is a must-see for photography fans, tinkerers, and STEAM learners (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). 

Situated along Virginia’s western border and West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, the Shenandoah Valley is one of the country’s most scenic areas, known for its vistas and rural charm. The Valley is defined by the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and the Allegheny Mountains to the west; the Shenandoah River winds through the Valley between these two mountain ranges.

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley tells the stories of the ten counties—two in West Virginia and eight in Virginia—that stretch from the Potomac River in the north to the Roanoke Valley in the south. The MSV is a great place to begin your Shenandoah Valley visit as you explore the region. 

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