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Knoxville Unearthed: Archaeology in the Heart of the Valley

September 17, 2016–January 8, 2017

In honor of Knoxville’s 225th anniversary, this exhibition explores the city’s heritage as seen through archaeological discoveries in the “Heart of the Valley.”

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Land Sea Spirit Banner

Land, Sea, and Spirit: Alaska Native Art from the 19th and 20th Centuries

July 12, 2016–November 30, 2016

This mini exhibition features highlights from the McClung’s Alaska Native collections, and an array of material culture from both the Iñupiat and the Yup’ik.

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View of Case from Life on the Roman Frontier Exhibit

Life on the Roman Frontier

July 10, 2013–ongoing

From building materials and sacred goddesses, to dishes and military boots, the objects in this exhibit give us a glimpse into the everyday lives of soldiers and civilians who lived on the Roman Frontier.

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McClung Museum building

Birds of Tennessee: Celebrating the Centennial of the Tennessee Ornithological Society

October 5, 2015–ongoing

To celebrate the centennial of the TOS, the museum is displaying fifty-six engravings and lithographs featuring the birds of Tennessee.

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Ancient Egypt exhibit entrance

Ancient Egypt: The Eternal Voice

A fine collection of original objects, most manufactured more than 2,000 years ago, shed light on the daily life, religion, […]

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Tennessee Freshwater Mussels

Tennessee Freshwater Mussels is divided into three broad subject areas: the biology and diversity of freshwater mussels; the Native American use of freshwater mussels; and the commercial use of freshwater mussels—the button and pearl industries, both cultured and natural.

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First Light, November 29, 1863, Painting by Ken Smith

The Civil War in Knoxville: The Battle of Fort Sanders

Original artifacts, both family heirlooms and archaeologically excavated items, as well as primary source documents, photographs, and video illustrate key […]

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Human Origins Ceiling

Human Origins: Searching for our Fossil Ancestors

In the permanent exhibition, Human Origins, the McClung Museum presents a comprehensive overview of the scientific understanding of the last […]

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Mosasaur in the Geology Exhibit

Geology & Fossil History of Tennessee

Exhibits include hundreds-of-millions-of-years-old fossils, more recent Ice Age fossils, and ongoing accounts of present day geological and climatic events. The […]

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Decorative Arts Gallery

The Decorative Experience

Artistic expression can be traced archaeologically to at least 40,000 years ago, possibly much earlier, and appears to be an […]

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Painting by Greg Harlin

Archaeology & the Native Peoples of Tennessee

Based on more than 65 years of research by University of Tennessee archaeologists, the exhibit features many of the finest artifacts […]

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McClung Museum building

Edmontosaurus Annectens

This dinosaur is now on permanent display in front of the museum on Circle Park Drive. Learn more below, tag […]

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