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“Worth a visit” 3 of 5 stars
Review of McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture
1327 Circle Park Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996-3200
865-974-2144
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Ranked #10 of 40 Attractions in Knoxville
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture is a general museum with collections in anthropology, archaeology, decorative arts, local history, and natural history.
Boardman, Ohio
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“Worth a visit”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

Small museum and easy to navigate. Offers a lot of different exhibits so should be something for everyone. Neat mummies and some decent info on Civil War Battle of Fort Sanders. As other reviews mention, allow a little extra time to navigate university traffic and get a parking permit. Can't beat the admission price... it's free.

Visited August 2012
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Loudon, Tennessee
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“Great Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

It is great museum displays and it's FREE! Many displays are premanent some are temporary. Worth going to and it's on the University of Tennessee's campus.

Visited August 2012
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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“Fun and educational”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2012

This is a great place to bring kids. It is a short visit.

Visited June 2012
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Tennessee, USA
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“Good Permanent Exhibits, Often Excellent Visiting Exhibits”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2012

Being on the University of Tennessee campus, parking can be "interesting" sometimes, so a Sunday afternoon visit is often the best.

McClung Museum (no admission charge) has a number of permanent exhibits including, for example, "Archaeology & Native Peoples of Tennessee" and "Geology & Fossil History of Tennessee". These are maintained and are quite interesting.

In addition, visiting exhibits rotate throughout the year and cover a wide range of topics. One currently on display is "Continents Collide: The Appalachians and the Himalayas January 14, 2012—May 20, 2012". See their website for details on current and upcoming items.

Of course, there is the requisite museum shop as well ;)

Maybe not a place to visit every week, but McClung Museum is certainly worthy of return visits. Haven taken anthropology classes in the basement lecture hall, it is especially interesting to revisit for me.

Visited March 2012
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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“Hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2012

This is a great museum and has never been crowded when I go. Since it is free, you can just go in and see part of it whenever you have time.

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