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Night At McClung

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will host its first “Night at the McClung Museum” family sleepover from 7:00 p.m. Friday, June 17, to 8:00 a.m. Saturday, June 18.

The sleepover will provide children ages 5 to 11 and their parents the opportunity to spend an unforgettable night with dinosaurs and explore the museum’s new special exhibition, “Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas,” on loan from the American Museum of Natural History, which reveals a vivid picture of what living, breathing dinosaurs were really like. The event also will feature family-friendly activities including dino-related crafts, a flashlight tour, games, a movie screening, and bedtime stories.

Tickets are $40 a person for museum members and $50 a person for non-members and include all activities and craft supplies, a survival pack with an exclusive event-themed bag, flashlight, evening snacks, and supplies and breakfast on Saturday morning. Tickets may be purchased online or over the phone at 865-974-2144. Online ticket purchases will incur an additional processing fee. All children must be age 5 to 11 at the time of the sleepover and must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.

Participants can be dropped off and picked up in front of the museum, or parking passes will be available for $10 for those wishing to park their car overnight.

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. Sundays. Groups may schedule tours by calling 865-974-2144 or emailing museum@utk.edu.

Free two-hour museum parking passes are available from the parking information building at the entrance to Circle Park Drive on weekdays by request. Free parking is available on Circle Park Drive on a first-come, first-served basis on weekends. Free public transportation to the museum is also available via the Knoxville Trolley Vol Line.

See the museum’s website for additional information on parking and collections and exhibits.


Debbie Woodiel (865-974-2144, woodield@utk.edu)

Leslie Chang-Jantz (865-974-2144 lcjantz@utk.edu)