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“Great little museum” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture
Ranked #13 of 188 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.
Knoxville, Tennessee
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165 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Great little museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013 via mobile

What a great collection. My children ages17, 7 &4 all enjoyed looking around here! My favorite is the foo dogs!

Visited March 2013
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Wonderful Free Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

Great little hidden gem on the University of Tennessee's campus. Get a parking pass near entrance and park almost at front door. You will not be disappointed once inside. It is small,but very well done. And Free! Great for singles,families,elderly,etc.

Visited April 2013
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Kodak, Tennessee
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“antiques and artifacts”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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129 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“a little jewel”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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144 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Well, it's all here”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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