Be ready to spout out, “No Way,” “That’s neat,” or even an elegant, “Very interesting…” while visiting the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture. This hub of history offers adventurous tales of years past and even of years to come. One walk through the door will take you on a camel caravan through the Egyptian sands, a hectic battlefront along enemy lines, or a front porch rocking chair listening to a tall tale of Appalachia. Not all have a knack for history, but when a good story is being told, most often than not, you want to be there to hear it.
The McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture is located on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Exhibitions showcase the geologic, historical, and artistic past of Tennessee, and also highlight cultures from around the globe. Parking and admission are free.
Permanent Exhibitions include:
The Archaeology & the Native Peoples of Tennessee
Ancient Egypt: The Eternal Voice
The Decorative Experience
Human Origins: Searching for our Fossil Ancestors
The Civil War in Knoxville: The Battle of Fort Sanders
Tennessee Freshwater Mussels
The McClung Museum will unveil its interactive pop-up museum at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Circle Park.
The 18-foot-tall structure, known as the 1-452 Pop-Up, was created in collaboration with UT’s College of Architecture and Design and is designed to illustrate the journeys that all UT students undergo throughout their college experience.
A pop-up museum is a mobile defined space that exists outside of a traditional museum. It allows for makeshift exhibitions, learning, exploration, and dialogue that can take place anywhere and at any time.
The 1-452 Pop-Up will be on display until 3 p.m. with help from volunteers from Manthan, UT’s Indian student association, and the Latin sorority Lambda Theta Alpha.
Students who visit the pop-up museum will be able to participate in a social media exercise where they can share experiences from their time in college.