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“antiques and artifacts”

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture
Ranked #12 of 194 things to do in Knoxville
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Kodak, Tennessee
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“antiques and artifacts”
Reviewed May 20, 2013

Nicely displayed antiques and artifacts. Wonderful American Indian arrowhead collection and displays of historically significant ways they were made and used.

Visited September 2012
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Willoughby, OH
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130 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“a little jewel”
Reviewed April 21, 2013

Be sure to get a 2-hr parking pass from the booth that is near the museum. Unfortunately that means if you would like to linger longer, you feels as though you are risking a ticket!

My favorite part of the museum was a new exhibit with silver jewelry and wool weavings of the Turkemon (nomadic people occupying present day Turkmenistan, also parts of Iran and Afganistan). There is a lot of cultural info, explaining who wears the jewelry, with photos or sketches to illustrate. The weavings are put in context too, not just random geometric shapes, but representations with meaning.

My second favorite exhibit was decorative arts, or what I call "around the world in one small room". There was a medieval wall hanging from Europe, a cowrie shell and beaded headdress representing an elephant from Africa, pottery from the Americas, a Daoist robe from Asia, and many more lovely pieces with no particular unifying theme.

The other diverse exhibits include a nearby Civil War battle, human evolution, dinosaurs, Egypt, early peoples of Tennessee, and fossils.

It's a great 2-hr free experience.

Visited April 2013
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1 Thank JanWill
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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173 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Well, it's all here”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Explore time periods from current/recent all the way back to the Egyptians, Indians, and early pioneers. Learn about the civil war, the shifting of the plants, dinosaurs, and the best part is...........IT'S ALL FREE!!

Visited April 2012
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Thank ChrissyAdventures
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Free to the public”
Reviewed March 4, 2013

Cool little place to go. Not quite what you would expect in the heart of University of Tennessee's campus, but a pretty neat place to stop by. Won't take you long to tour through, but they have some interesting things to see and a nice gift shop.

Visited October 2012
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Knoxville
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75 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Fascinating! and FREE!”
Reviewed February 28, 2013

The McClung Museum has an incredible, permanent Egyptian display, and a super display of Cherokee Indian artifacts and history. For a free museum, in a "scruffy little city," you can't go wrong visiting this museum. The kids will love it, too!

Visited February 2013
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