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Families are invited to enjoy free events related to the new summer exhibition throughout June at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture.

The museum will host a stroller tour and activity from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 8, in the museum’s new temporary exhibition, Through the Lens: Botanical Photography of Alan S. Heilman.

Parents and caregivers with toddlers or babies should meet in the museum’s lobby. This program will focus on plant structure and parts of plants as seen in the photographs, and the activity will include putting together the different parts of a plant. 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 865-974-2144 to make a reservation.

From 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, the museum with the help of UT Gardens will offer a free Family Fun Day based on Through the Lens. Participants will explore plants and the event will include activities, tours, and a live plant and craft for children to take home. All materials will be provided. The program is free and open to the public; 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 kiosk at the entrance to Circle Park Drive during the week. Free parking is available on the weekends. Free public transportation to the museum is also available via the Knoxville Trolley Vol Line.


Debbie Woodiel (865-974-2144,

Stacy Palado (865-974-2144,