The McClung Museum offers a variety of onsite programs for K–12 groups. One program, on dinosaurs, is offered for preschoolers ages three to five. Programs take place in exhibition galleries and are based on the content of the exhibit; the current science, social science, and art curricula of Tennessee public schools; and the grade level of the students.
Please see our Education Programs Brochure and our list of current education programs below for more information. Each program description link contains the details of each program and associated curriculum objectives. Grade levels are suggested, but our education staff is glad to work with teachers to produce programs for other levels. We also offer Spanish Language tours in the areas below for groups of 10+ students.
Homeschool groups are also welcome for onsite programs. Want to bring a group to the museum, but tour on your own? That’s fine, but we still need to know the date, time, and exhibits you’d like to see, so we don’t double-book our galleries.
For Education Program reservations, click below:Request a K-12 Visit
Onsite Program Descriptions
- Archaeology and the Native Peoples of Tennessee, Social Studies/Science, Grades K–12
- Geology and Fossil History of Tennessee, Science, Grades PreK–12
- Ancient Egypt: The Eternal Voice, Social Studies/Art, Grades 1–12
- Art of World Peoples, The Decorative Experience, Art/Social Studies, Grades K–12
- Human Origins: Searching for our Fossil Ancestors, Science/Social Studies, Grades 6–12
- Freshwater Mussels: Treasures Past and Present, Science, Grades 1–12
- The Civil War in Knoxville: The Battle of Fort Sanders, Social Studies, Grades 5–12
- Gallery programs take approximately 45 minutes each. Teachers and chaperones are responsible for the discipline of students at all times. Students are expected to observe good museum manners—following directions, listening when appropriate, and staying with the group. Teachers and chaperones are required to stay with the students at all times. Teachers, make certain that your chaperones know what is required of them. One adult is required for every 15 students.
- Reservations for any group are required. Whether or not teachers wish an organized program for students, you must make a reservation for any group visit. Groups without a reservation may be turned away. Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For reservations, please use our Online Form or contact Leslie Chang Jantz with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-974-2144, Monday through Friday.
- Minimum group size is 10 students. Concurrent programs will be offered for groups with more than 30 students; discuss options with the museum educator.
- Maximum group size is 100 students in the museum at any one time. The recommended maximum group size of 100 is based on exhibit capacity and program duration; discuss options with the museum educator. We recommend that large groups divide their day with our museum and another venue. For information on other venues and programs in the area, see the Knoxville Arts & Culture Alliance.
- No food, drinks, or gum are permitted in any exhibit area. There are no dining facilities in the museum. Circle Park is just outside the museum and Tyson Park is within two miles should students bring packed lunches, and there are some restaurants nearby both on and off campus. See dining information for details on UT dining facilities.
- Parking is under the control of university parking services, not the museum. *Please note: During Summer 2017, the school bus drop off point will be on Lake Loudon Blvd., west of the C8 parking lot. Look for signs directing parking. Please be sure to let us know if your group has accessibility needs so we can arrange accordingly. Buses may drop off and pick up students at the museum, but may not park on Circle Park Drive. Please call the university’s Parking Services at 865-974-6031 for advance information on bus parking. Private vehicles may park at no charge on Circle Park Drive in front of the museum for a maximum of two hours. Permits for this parking are available at the Information Center kiosk at the entrance to Circle Park Drive. Permits must be visible through each vehicle’s windshield. Permits for more than two hours may be purchased at the information kiosk.
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