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UT’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will host its monthly First Friday open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, March 3.

It’s part of a monthly recurring series of open houses meant to give staff, faculty, and students, as well as museum members, a special behind-the-scenes peek at gems from the McClung Museum’s collections.

This month’s open house will focus on women as makers of objects and makers of history, using the museum’s arts and culture collections.

The open house is a casual event, and the UT community and museum members are invited to drop in and talk with museum staff about the varied objects in the museum’s collection and how the collections can be used in teaching and research. Academic programs at the McClung seek to make the collections and exhibitions as accessible as possible to the university community and to facilitate experiential learning through object-based teaching.

Museum staff will be on hand to handle objects, facilitate conversation, and take suggestions about what objects should be pulled for future open houses.

Registration is not needed; simply meet museum staff in the museum’s Object Study Room, Room 53, located in the suite of offices on the museum’s lower floor by the auditorium.

On the first Friday of every month, galleries and arts organizations around Knoxville open their doors to feature a variety of artists’ displays and live music. Visit First Friday Knoxville’s website for more information regarding the monthly event.

The McClung Museum is at 1327 Circle Park Drive. Museum admission is free, and the museum’s hours are 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1–5 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 available via the Knoxville Trolley Vol Line.

See the museum’s website for more information about family programming, parking, and collections and exhibits.


Lindsey Wainwright (865-9742416,

Catherine Shteynberg (865-974-6921,