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

From 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, the museum will offer a free Family Fun Day based on the exhibition Through the Lens: Botanical Photography of Alan S. Heilman. Participants will explore the featured plants in the context of the local agricultural history of East Tennessee, and they will take home a germinating bean project. No reservation is required for this event.

The museum will also host a Stroller Tour and activity from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 20. This program will focus on both beautiful and functional aspects of indigenous plants of East Tennessee by highlighting both our Archaeology and the Native Peoples of Tennessee gallery and our summer exhibition, Through the Lens.

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.

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,

Leslie Chang Jantz (865-974-2144,