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McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture

1327 Circle Park Dr., Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 USA

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Opens Sun 1p
  • Independent
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  • Wheelchair
  • Public
  • Wifi
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“come contribute to a big idea”

The McClung Museum at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, aims to advance the understanding of natural history and culture through our collections, exhibitions, research, and outreach programming. The McClung Museum, which was opened in 1963, has strong collections in anthropology, archaeology, decorative arts, local history, and natural history. Exhibits at the museum showcase the geologic, historical, and artistic past of Tennessee, as well as cultures from around the globe. In doing so, the museum seeks to promote a better understanding and respect for the world’s cultural heritage. As a part of the university, the McClung supports and participates in the mission to serve the state, region, and nation through scholarship, teaching, artistic creation, professional practice, and public service. The McClung is one of only thirteen museums in Tennessee to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, reflecting the institution’s commitment to excellence.

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Steven Morgenstein

  • 51 Reviews
  • 14 Helpful
May 14, 2022
Rated 5.0

This museum is right on the campus of The University of Tennessee. It’s free to park and visit.

There are many things to see in Knoxville and we were glad that we decided to see the museum.

First check the app directions with Apple or Google Maps. The Roadtrippers app brought me to the wrong parking area. I reported it to them about correcting it.

When you get to Circle Park Drive, there is a booth that will give you a permit to park for two hours. You’ll need the two hours to see and watch everything.

This museum is NOT geared towards preteens. It is a very diverse museum and I’m sure you’ll find something that will interest you.

A couple of more things….don’t try and bring anything bigger than a B-Class RV. I even found it hard maneuvering in some areas. There are bathrooms and the museum is very clean and organized. Each room had an air filter machine.

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McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture

1327 Circle Park Dr.
Knoxville, Tennessee
37996 USA


Closed Now
  • Mon - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Outdoor Seating
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