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McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture

Closed Now: 09:00 - 17:00
Open today: 09:00 - 17:00
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On the UT campus. Great/Free exhibit. Definitely a 'secret gem' of Knoxville.

Great for ever body from youth to elderly, but not children unless they are doing a special... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Knoxville, Tennessee
Family-friendly natural history museum

We stopped by to get warm on our walking tour of Tennessee's campus and ended up staying to look at... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Susan I
Atlanta, Georgia
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The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture is a general museum with collections in anthropology, archaeology, decorative arts, local history, and natural history. We are a free museum with free parking available. Simply ask for your free...more
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1327 Circle Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37996-3200
+1 865-974-2144
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All of the exhibits portrayed evolutionary themes such as pantheism. Rarely did you see actual specimens or artifacts. A huge majority of the items (not counting the art) are "replicas." Although the museum advertised diversity of cultures, there wasn't diversity of culture (African American exhibits...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Great for ever body from youth to elderly, but not children unless they are doing a special event. Always free, always a good thing to do if you are interested in natural history.More

Date of experience: September 2018
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CatherineShteynberg, Manager at McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi- Thanks for the great review! I often bring my three year old to our geology exhibit, where there are dino eggs to view and a dino footprint that you can touch, as well as to our archaeology gallery, where there is a touch and...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped by to get warm on our walking tour of Tennessee's campus and ended up staying to look at the exhibits. Very nicely done.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Susan I
Reviewed 31 December 2018

We visited on the Sunday after Christmas so it was pretty empty. I went with my daughter in law who is a teacher and my three grandchildren ages 6,4, and 18 months. The kids really had fun looking through the exhibits. We explained the things...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 16 November 2018

This is a treat. Free, high quality exhibits of interest regarding the history of the East Tennessee region and beyond. Professionally presented. Parking available in the Circle Park Drive; just ask for a short-term parking permit. Also has a very nice little gift shop.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 10 November 2018

Wow, we love this place. I had the kids with me for the afternoon on a day off from school. We enjoyed a really diverse variety of exhibits and the staff at the museum were friendly. It's bigger than it looks as there is a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ToryK296
Reviewed 6 November 2018

It's a medium-size museum. I think that the museum was very well run, clean and the exhibits are well taken care of. I could have spent hours there. Because it's natural history, history, and culture, it's very varied. I think because it's connected to the...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 20 August 2018

Very nice museum. Much bigger than it appears from the outside. So much to do and see, it's impossible to do it justice in one visit.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Buttercup0523
Reviewed 14 July 2018

We took the free trolley (so cute!) and got off at Neyland Stadium and then got lost. With no one to ask and no map and no signage it was hard to find. Enjoyed the evolution exhibit

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 24 May 2018

We saw lots of parking but realized that you needing a permission card to park. We were told that you could get one free from the booth where you enter. I guess we missed that, so we came around and got the card. They give...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Karen G
9 February 2017|
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Response from JUDYH1011 | Reviewed this property |
It is free with a big Plexiglas box to put money donations in (optional ).
Ish G
8 June 2016|
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Response from Stacy-Ann P | Property representative |
About 90 minutes to two hours would be a good length of time. Be sure to ask the parking attendant for a free tour hour pass.