Upcoming Exhibits

Things Come Apart

September 3, 2016 – February 19, 2017Apart_FlipClock

The Smithsonian Institution for the second year in a row, has selected the Upcountry History Museum as the location to premiere its newest traveling exhibition Things Come Apart. Following its debut in Greenville, the exhibit will begin a three-year national tour.

Things Come Apart presents a brand new way to understand the material world around us. The 2000 square foot exhibition explores how things are designed and made and how technology has evolved over time. The exhibition features over three dozen photographs depicting everyday objects both carefully disassembled and “falling apart,” along with accompanying videos, hands-on learning opportunities, and disassembled objects. Embracing key STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) concepts the exhibition is a thought-provoking way to reexamine the everyday objects around us, to embrace curiosity, and to think about ways we can create a more sustainable future.

Children and families can become a part of the design experience through activities from Spark!Lab, developed by the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. “Things Come Apart” is an exhibition organized by Todd McLellan and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). The Spark!Lab Activity Kits are provided through a grant from the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.

A visual investigation of design and engineering Things Come Apart, is a revelation for all who have ever asked the question of “How does that work?”

Flip Clock: Flip clock made by Sanyo in the 1970s.
Component count: 426
Photograph by Todd McLellan


Hands-On Harley-Davidson
September 24, 2016 – January 8, 2017HD-full-shot-w_kids

Motorcycle history began in the second half of the 19th century. By 1880, dozens of designs and
machines had emerged, particularly in Germany, England, and the United States.

In 1903, William S. Harley and his childhood friend Arthur Davidson, made history when they founded Harley-Davidson, Inc. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As one of two major American motorcycle manufacturers to survive the Great Depression, Harley-Davidson has become the world’s fifth largest motorcycle manufacturer and an iconic brand widely known for its loyal following – with owner clubs and events worldwide.

The Upcountry History Museum will make history in 2016 when it hosts the sold out traveling exhibition Hands-On Harley Davidson. The 2,000 sq. ft. exhibition, invites visitors to a one-of-a-kind experience including a kid-sized motorcycle dealership and engineering lab. Visitors engage in history, art, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEAM education) concepts through hands-on activities designed to encourage guests to:
Dream It! Build It! and Ride It!

The Hands-On Harley-Davidson experience features two Road King inspired motorcycles with interchangeable parts, accessories and decals to customize your ride, realistic throttle action, sound eects that pair with first-person ride videos, and opportunities to learn about safety gear and preparing to ride. An interactive world map incorporates some of the most challenging motorcycle tours in the world, along with travel themed math challenges and graphics about motorcycle design and engineering. The service department experience provides videos, costumes and large scale dealership photos for role play.

Along with the dealership, the exhibition includes a design engineer experience that introduces visitors to how acceleration, speed, friction, and gravity impact a motorcycle in motion. Guests conduct their own experiments in the Engineering Lab that includes tracks, ramps, and loops.

After learning about engine parts and how they work together to create a smooth and safe ride visitors grab a vest and helmet and get ready to ride.

National Tour Sponsored by: Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Local Sponsored by: Piedmont Natural Gas, Harley-Davidson of Greenville, 3M, and GBS Building Supply