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The campus and Knoxville communities are invited to join Darwin Day celebrations at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture on Monday, February 9.

Monty, the McClung Museum’s resident dinosaur, will host the celebration of Charles Darwin’s birthday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Darwin Day is a global celebration of scientific thought and intellectual curiosity held on or around February 12, the birthday of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin.

Giant puppets of Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace, who co-published the theory of evolution by natural selection with Darwin, will be present. The birthday party is part of the festivities happening across campus for Darwin Day. Birthday cake and snacks will be served, and activities will include games and gallery talks by museum staff.

Darwin Day is sponsored by the Central Program Council of UT Knoxville; 90.3 The Rock WUTK; National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis; the Departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Anthropology, Plant Sciences, Microbiology, History, Psychology, Mathematics, Theatre, Sociology, Geography, Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science, and Entomology; and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

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 Sunday. Free two-hour museum parking passes are available from the parking information building at the entrance to Circle Park Drive on the weekdays. 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,