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UT’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture in collaboration with UT’s Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature (CCYAL) will host a “Storytelling Extravaganza” Family Fun Day from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 26. 

The partnership with CCYAL encourages visitors to experience the museum’s collection through the lens of children’s literature. The center will select books relating to objects or themes highlighted in the museum’s exhibitions, which will be read by UT students in the galleries. Families are also invited to enjoy craft activities and a face-painting booth featuring local artist Terina Gillette from Royal Magic Events.

The family fun day is part of a continued collaboration with the CCYAL, which worked with the McClung last year to provide museum-themed reading lists for kids and teens.

“The McClung’s relationship with the Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature is bolstered by our shared belief in the power of storytelling,” notes Leslie Chang Jantz, the museum’s curator of education. “Our projects aim to highlight the importance of literature and museum objects in the communication of personal and cultural narratives.”

The McClung Museum is located at 1327 Circle Park Drive. Museum admission is free, and the museum’s hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. 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.


Callie Bennett (865-974-6750,

Catherine Shteynberg (865-974-6921,