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FAQ

Where is the McClung Museum located?

The museum is located on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, at 1327 Circle Park Drive off of Volunteer Boulevard. For more information see General Information.

How much is museum admission?

Admission to the museum is free, and we are open to the public.

What are your hours?

The museum is open Monday–Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Please note that the museum is closed on January 1, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and December 24 and 25.

Is parking available at the museum?

During the week, free two-hour museum parking passes for Circle Park Drive are available from the parking information booth at the entrance to Circle Park. On weekends, parking is available on Circle Park and in adjacent parking lots.

Parking is subject to university events—during home football and men’s basketball games, all Circle Park parking is reserved. During Lady Vols games and special arena events, there is a parking fee.

For more information, see General Information.

Is there public transportation to the museum?

Yes, Knoxville Area Transit has several public transit options, including the free Knoxville Trolley Vol Line that stops in front of the museum at the entrance to Circle Park Drive. Please see our Public Transportation information or the Knoxville Area Transit website.

Is the McClung Collection located in the McClung Museum?

No—this is a common misconception. The Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection is a library of regional history and genealogy located in the East Tennessee Historical Society in downtown Knoxville, and is a specialized branch of the Knox County Public Library.

What kind of exhibits does the museum have?

The McClung is a natural history and culture museum with exhibits on anthropology, geology, archaeology, human origins, history, decorative arts, ancient Egypt, and natural history. Please see our Exhibits to get a better idea of what will be on display during your visit.

Is there a map of the museum?

Yes, a map of the museum is available.

How do I arrange a visit for a K–12 school group?

Please see Education: K–12 or extensive information on our free education programs and information about making a reservation for a class visit. Please note that whether or not teachers wish to have an organized program for students, reservations must be made for any group visit.

I’m a professor. How do I arrange a visit for my students?

Please see Education: University for information on how to arrange a tour or an object workshop at the museum for your students. Please note that reservations are required for all group visits, but we encourage you to send your students to the museum for independent visits and research.

How do I arrange a visit for a group of adults?

Please see Education: Adults for information on how to arrange a tour for your group at the museum. Note that whether or not the group wishes to have an organized program, reservations must be made for any group visit.

Do you have a museum store?

Yes. Please see Museum Store for more information.

Is the museum wheelchair accessible?

Yes. Please see Accessibility information.

Are baby strollers allowed?

Yes. We also have changing stations in our restrooms. Please see Accessibility information.

Are there places to eat at the museum?

The museum itself has no restaurant or café, and no food or drink is allowed in the galleries. However, there are places to eat nearby both on and off campus, and the grassy Circle Park, located in front of the museum, provides a pleasant spot to eat a packed lunch or meal. Please see Food for specific restaurant information.

Can I take photographs in the museum?

Nonflash photography for personal use is permitted in most galleries and exhibits in the Museum. Certain temporary exhibits may have photographic restrictions—these will be posted in the gallery. Please see the Image Policy for more information.

What kind of programming is currently on at the museum?

Please see the Event Calendar to see an up-to-date listing of all activities and programming at the museum. You can also sign up for the museum’s e-newsletter to stay up to date on current exhibits, events, and programming.

Does the museum offer programs for families and children?

Yes—see the Families page for more information.

Are public programs free?

Public programs are almost always free. However, please check the individual event listing on the Events Calendar for specific information about individual programs.

Do I need to make a reservation to attend a public program?

Public programs rarely require reservations, with Stroller Tours being a rare exception. Please check the individual event listing on the Events Calendar for specific information about individual programs.

How do I contact a researcher/curator at the museum?

Please see Staff Contacts for contact information.

How do I arrange a research visit at the museum?

Depending on your request, you will either have to fill out a simple form, or submit a proposal to appropriate staff in order to conduct research at the McClung. Please see Conducting Research at the McClung for more information.

Where can I find and order Museum publications?

Please see Museum Publications to see a list of the many publications available both on the museum website and for sale. Many of these publications are available for purchase at our Museum Shop by filling out an order form.

How many objects are in the museum’s collections?

The museum has about 25,000 objects in its Arts & Culture Collections; over 3 million objects in its Archaeology Research Collections; and about 70,000 objects in its Mollusk Research Collection.

Is the Bat Creek Stone in the museum’s collections?

The Bat Creek Stone is no longer on display at McClung Museum. It has been recalled by the Smithsonian and loaned to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee, North Carolina.

How can I donate an object or work of art to the museum?

Please see Donating Objects to learn more about the process of donating an object to the museum.

How do I donate money to help the museum?

Please see Donations/Planned Giving for more information. You may also easily give online to the museum.

Can museum staff help me identify my object?

Museum curators and other staff members are happy to assist with object identifications in their respective areas of expertise. Please see Object Identifications for more information.

May I bring an object for identification to the museum?

Not without making an appointment first. Please see Object Identifications for information on how to make an appointment.

Can museum staff tell me the value of an object or artwork that I own?

Museum staff will not provide written authentication or an appraisal of an object’s monetary value or condition. Information about such appraisals as well as information about caring for many kinds of objects can be found on the Smithsonian’s Artifact Appraisal page.

How do I request images of works in the museum’s collections?

Please see Rights & Reproductions for more information about requesting an image from the museum’s collections.

How can I get permission to use an image from the museum in my publication?

You must obtain written permission in order to publish any of the museum’s images. A usage fee may be charged depending on the nature of the proposed use. Please see Rights & Reproductions for more information and directions on obtaining permissions.

May I use an image/text from the museum’s website on my website?

Yes, but only if your website takes in no advertisements or sponsors, does not charge a fee for services, and does not offer any product or service for sale. In these cases, unaltered images and text may be used, but must be accompanied by the correct caption information or citation and must include the URL mcclungmuseum.utk.edu.

May I use images or text excerpts from the museum’s website for a school report or professional academic presentation?

Yes, if it is a personal or academic work, and not for publication in any medium. The images must remain unaltered. All of the accompanying caption information must be included without alteration. You must cite the source as you would any printed work; the citation should include the URL mcclungmuseum.utk.edu.

Do you have any job openings at the museum?

You may view Jobs, Internships, Volunteering to see if there are any opportunities at this time.

Are there volunteer opportunities available?

Please see Jobs, Internships, Volunteering to learn more about the museum’s volunteer opportunities. The museum involves a limited number of volunteers in Education, Collections, and other museum departments.

Are there internships available?

Please see Jobs, Internships, Volunteering to learn more about the museum’s internship opportunities.

How do I become a museum member?

Please see Museum Membership for more information about becoming a member of the museum.

What are the benefits of becoming a member?

By becoming a member of the McClung Museum, you provide essential financial support for the museum and help to fund exhibition programs, student internships, research, collections, and a host of educational activities serving people of all ages. Your membership contribution to the museum is tax deductible and credited toward membership in the university’s donor clubs and societies. Additionally you’ll receive:

  • An open door to the museum—seven days a week for you, your family, and friends
  • Invitations to members-only previews and special events
  • Access to Smithsonian memberships at a reduced cost
  • A subscription to our monthly newsletter, which contains insider information about the museum and upcoming programs and events
  • A 10 percent savings in the Museum Shop and advance notice of special sales
  • Priority registration and discounts on participation in museum-sponsored events, such as summer camps.

Can I rent space in the museum for private parties or special events?

The museum is available for rent by both university and community groups. Use of the museum beyond scheduled classes requires the permission of the director or assistant director. Note that as policy, the museum does not rent the facility for weddings, wedding receptions, prom events, or sleepovers. Please see Space Rental for more information.

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