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McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture

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A treasure in the heart of academic UT

This is a treat. Free, high quality exhibits of interest regarding the history of the East... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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A great place to spend a few hours

Wow, we love this place. I had the kids with me for the afternoon on a day off from school. We... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Knoxville, Tennessee
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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
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
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Reviewed November 6, 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 August 20, 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
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Reviewed July 14, 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 May 24, 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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Reviewed May 21, 2018

Well laid out displays especially the Native Americans of this region. Video of the Cherokees was very moving. Geologic and fossil history was well done as was the Civil War here.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed May 8, 2018

Plan to spend at least an hour visiting this museum on the campus of the University of Tennessee. The site of the World's Fair in Knoxville is near by and worth a visit as well.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Dawn E
CatherineShteynberg, Manager at McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, responded to this reviewResponded May 9, 2018

Thanks for your review! Hope that you'll be able to return soon!

Reviewed March 24, 2018

It was a waste of time. Getting there was a pain. All traffic lights are programmed to be red all the time. The museum was a total bore. Don’t waist your time going there. Free

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank jtkoehler2
Reviewed March 23, 2018 via mobile

We stopped in whilst on our Gatlinburg vacation to get out of the cold weather. We were immediately met by Molly, a volunteer at the museum. As my husband parked, Molly told us all about the museum, the University of Tennessee and shared suggestions of...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Karen G
February 9, 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
June 8, 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.