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McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture

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Address: 1327 Circle Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37996-3200
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+1 865-974-2144
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09:00 - 17:00
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The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture is a general museum with...

The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture is a general museum with collections in anthropology, archaeology, decorative arts, local history, and natural history.

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Surprisingly Nice Collection of Artifacts

I enjoyed visiting for about 2-3 hours yesterday afternoon (Feb. 22, 2017). The wide variety of artifacts that included pottery, statues, amulets, two human coffins (empty I... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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7 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have had lovely, interesting experiences here, but parking is problematic. Wish UT would move this museum to a more accessible spot. Planning at trip? Go when UT is not is session.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I enjoyed visiting for about 2-3 hours yesterday afternoon (Feb. 22, 2017). The wide variety of artifacts that included pottery, statues, amulets, two human coffins (empty I think), mummified cats (I had no idea a past civilization preserved cats that way.), Native American Indian items, fossils, rocks and minerals, skeletons, etc., impressed me. The nice selection of artifacts from Egypt,... More 

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Augusta, GA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

This museum is on the University of Tennessee campus. If you go, don't pass the little guard house where you must stop and get a pass for your dash. It isn't that obvious, so we had to go back and get it. The museum has changing exhibits. We saw the standard Egyptian, Asian, archeological and Native American exhibits, but our... More 

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Thank Kay M
CatherineShteynberg, Manager at McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, responded to this review

Hi Kay- Thanks so much for taking the time to review our museum. I'm sorry that parking was confusing. Parking on any university campus always involves technicalities, but we try and make that information obvious on our website and with signage at the entrance to the museum. Just out of curiosity--why the 3 star review (which impacts our rating negatively)... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

This is a wonderful educational/entertainment (edutainment) venue for all ages. This seemingly small museum situated on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus is packed with top quality exhibits on diverse subjects. Some exhibits are permanent, while others are replaced from time to time. Additionally, informative lectures are given at various times on a variety of subjects, all by experts in... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

A variety of historical displays throughout. The Native American section is particularly informative and includes many fascinating artifacts.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Located on UT campus, this museum is a great place for education. The atrium has a small gift shop, access to the lower level exhibitions, and the entrance to the upper level exhibitions. They present history on the Cherokee peoples and they have interactive material for children and interesting artifacts on display. They have videos and just enough text to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

The kids and I enjoyed the variety. Experiencing everything from ancient Egypt to the Tennessee valley The staff was super friendly as well.

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Averill Park, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

This museum has a terrific Egyptian collection which I could have spent half the day looking at, there was so much information. It also had a wonderful Native American collection. I liked that some of the exhibits were in the floor to show how archaeologists found the objects. And then there were fossils! and Early Man, and a whole section... More 

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Decatur
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Two hours was all the time we were given in this very busy university used parking lot. We could have used 4 more. This is an outstanding museum with so much to see, learn, digest, and continue to think about. We look forward to our next visit.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

We go often and take Grandkids . It is a great ,interesting and educational place . We go during cold and or rainy weather , for a laid back Saturday or Sunday.

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