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Families and community members are invited to explore and enjoy free dinosaur- and fossil-themed family events throughout January at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture.

A free stroller tour will be held on Monday, January 12. The 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. event will include a tour and activities in the museum’s Geology and Fossil History gallery. Parents and caregivers with toddlers or babies are invited to meet in the museum’s lobby before taking the tour. 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-served. Online registration is preferred. Participants also may call the museum at 865-974-2144 to make a reservation.

On Saturday, January 17, the museum will offer a free family fun day about dinosaurs and fossils. The 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. event will feature activities and a craft for children to take home. All materials will be provided. The program is free and open to the public, and reservations are not necessary.

The McClung Museum is located at 1327 Circle Park Drive. Museum admission is free, and the museum’s hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. Free two-hour museum parking passes are available from the parking information building at the entrance to Circle Park Drive on the weekdays. Free parking is available on the weekends. Free public transportation to the museum is also available via the Knoxville Trolley Vol Line.

Additional parking information is available online.

For more information about the McClung Museum and its collections and exhibits, visit the website.


Debbie Woodiel (865-974-2144,

Catherine Shteynberg (865-974-6921,