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McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture

1327 Circle Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37996-3200
+1 865-974-2144
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Free Admission (Recommended Donation)

This small but interesting collection was well-displayed. Not too old-style nor too interactive... read more

Reviewed August 13, 2016
Free and fabulous

We loved this museum. If you actually took the time to read everything, interact with displays, and... read more

Reviewed August 5, 2016
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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. During Summer 2017, parking is available in the C8 lot next to the museum. Simply ask for your free 2-hour parking pass at the parking kiosk. More details and directions on the museum website.
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1327 Circle Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37996-3200
+1 865-974-2144
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Reviewed August 13, 2016

This small but interesting collection was well-displayed. Not too old-style nor too interactive. It's almost like several mini museums with unrelated collections in each room. Admission is free. The recommended donation for adults is $4. The donation box in straight from the front upon entry...More

Thank OHWanderingProf
Reviewed August 5, 2016

We loved this museum. If you actually took the time to read everything, interact with displays, and watch the tvs you would easily be there over 8 hours. We were there about 2 hours. The dinosaur exhibit was going on so my little one was...More

1  Thank HotelsRmyLife
Reviewed July 23, 2016

Great little museum (free admission-requested donations) with very nice exhibits. Make sure to check out their website for information regarding obtaining parking passes (free) in the circle drive near the museum.

1  Thank Bauerstl
Reviewed July 21, 2016

A nice (and free) kid-friendly museum with a great exhibit showing the latest research on dinosaurs. There were other several other exhibits, one featuring early Native American life in Tennessee. There also was a small section on the Battle of Fort Sanders downstairs for those...More

Thank treely2014
Reviewed July 19, 2016

We stopped here while in TN. Very informative exhibits. My daughter is six years old, and I think she was too young to really enjoy this particular museum. We saw more adults there than kids.

Thank kateben05
Reviewed July 11, 2016

This is an excellent place to learn quite a thing about evolution. Every hall is packed with activities, interactive learning modules and display of different items.

Thank Arnoldo84
Reviewed July 5, 2016

Brought my three daughters, twins are 8, oldest is 10. They really enjoyed the museum, especially the dinosaur exhibit. I was really impressed on the size of the museum, I didn't think there would be a lot to look at because I hadn't really heard...More

Thank M P
Reviewed July 1, 2016

I went here so many times when I was younger and always had fun, but I love history. I recently took my 6th graders on a field trip and everyone enjoyed it so much. There is so much to learn. Come with at least a...More

Thank jakyle3
Reviewed June 29, 2016

Must go. A very compact museum that is on the campus of the University of Tennessee focusing on the area of Eastern Tennessee. There are MANY small details that I never really remembered

Thank Txomin_51
Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

My niece and I took a couple of hours on sunny summer day to go explore the museum. The Native American and Egyptian exhibits were most interesting. Parking is free, just stop and get a tag to put in your car. It's says it is...More

Thank Jessica R
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Karen G
February 9, 2017|
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Response from JUDY H | 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.