McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture
Welcome to the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, a locally loved Knoxville museum located on, and as part of, the University of Tennessee campus. Established first in 1963, McClung Museum holds displays on local geology and fossils, ancient Egypt, and other facets of natural history through strong collections of anthropology, archaeology, material, and visual culture, and of course, natural history. You and your group will delight in the opportunity to discover various exhibits on local Knoxville history, decorative arts, human history through anthropology and archaeology, and more. McClung takes pride in its affiliation with the University, taking care to serve the state, region, and nation through scholarship, teaching, and public service.
Once here it will be easy to see why this Natural History Museum is one of only 18 museums in Tennessee accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Save plenty of time to explore the various interactive and highly interesting permanent exhibits such as Ancient Egypt, Peoples of Tennessee, Decorative Exploration, and Edmontosaurus Annectens, each spanning subjects from dinosaur fossils to local farmers. Save some time to check out the McClung Museum Store, selling local art, jewelry, books, gifts, educational toys, and stationery, each created by local artists. Don’t feel bad about spending some money here, the profits from these stores sales go toward the museum's educational outreach program! If you work up an appetite you can head to any of the on-campus eating options or the nearby Einstein Brothers Bagels, or perhaps just head to the nearby strip on Cumberland Drive.