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Museum lovers, families with children, and other community members are invited to explore and enjoy a variety of free events this month at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture.

The activities kick off Saturday, July 12, with a Family Fun Day featuring the exhibit Archaeology and the Native Peoples of Tennessee. The 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. event will take place in the exhibit gallery and the museum’s lobby. It will include hands-on tours of the exhibit, educational activities, and an exhibit-inspired craft. All materials will be provided. The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are not necessary.

  • Thursday, July 17

The museum’s free lunchtime art short film series, Talking Pictures, will continue at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, July 17. The museum will present Sister Wendy. Sister Wendy is the famous art historian and nun whose TV series on art was popular in the 1990s. The film is about her grand tour of Europe. The film presentation is in connection with the temporary exhibit The Collector’s Eye: American and European Art from the McClung Museum.

The Collector’s Eye will run through August 24 and explores a significant grouping of nineteenth- to twentieth-century American and European art, which forms the backbone of the museum’s Western art collections. More information about the exhibit may be found online. The exhibit is curated by Catherine Shteynberg and presented by Bennett Galleries and WUOT. Additional support is provided by Knox County, the City of Knoxville, and the Arts and Heritage Fund.

  • Sunday, July 20

A free tour of the Collector’s Eye exhibit gallery will take place at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 20. It begins in the museum lobby.

  • Monday, July 21

Parents and caregivers with toddlers or babies are invited to attend a free stroller tour on Monday, July 21. The 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. event will focus on portraits in the Collector’s Eye exhibit.

Participants will meet in the museum’s lobby before taking a tour of the exhibit gallery. The event is part of a monthly series of free stroller tours that allow parents and caregivers to interact with one another and museum staff without the worry of disrupting other visitors. The program is free and open to the public, but reservations are necessary and are first come, first serve. Online registration is preferred and is available online. Participants also may call the museum at 865-974-2144 to make a reservation.

The McClung Museum is located at 1327 Circle Park Drive. It is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free.

On weekends, free parking is available on Circle Park Drive on a first-come, first-serve basis. Additional parking information is available online.

For more information, visit the museum’s website.


Heather Fritts (865-974-2144,

Debbie Woodiel (865-974-2144,

Lola Alapo (865-974-3993,