McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, Knoxville

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The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture is a museum located on the campus of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Built in 1963, exhibits focus on natural history, archaeology, anthropology, decorative arts, and local history.

The Museum hosts various changing exhibits of art, history and culture. The Museum's current temporary exhibition is entitled "Visions of the End" and features medieval and Renaissance art loaned from several institutions including the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Glencairn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Morgan Library and Museum, the National Gallery of Art, and the Walters Art Museum, offering visitors a rare chance to explore medieval and Renaissance art of the Apocalypse in works never before displayed in Tennessee
Permanent exhibits include:

The Eternal Voice: A collection of artifacts from Egyptian spanning the pre-dynastic to the Ptolemaic periods.

The Civil War Experience in Knoxville.

Archaeology and the Native Peoples of Tennessee: artifacts found during the building of dams in the state in the 1930s and 1940s, with examples including the "Sandy" statue found at the Sellars Farm Site, the cache of ceramic figurines found at the Brick Church Mound and Village Site, and the Duck River Cache of ceremonial chert objects discovered at the Duck River Temple Mounds in 1894.

Tennessee fossils and geological history.

Freshwater pearl mussels.

Decorative Arts Gallery: Art pieces in many media and from many countries and periods.The McClung Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.
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  • Parking can be a bit confusing, but this is a must see with kids etc! Free museum who can beat that!  more »
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