Learning at the Museum:
The center of art, science, and the humanities
With a diverse collection of approximately 26,000 visual culture objects, and archaeological and natural history specimens that number into the millions, the McClung Museum offers engaging opportunities for research and object-based teaching that enrich the learning environment at the University of Tennessee. Discussion-based class sessions using objects in the collection provoke questions and stimulate lively explorations of ideas, concepts, and methodologies. Objects invite reflection and reconsideration of both the content of courses and the frameworks of disciplines. They inspire critical thinking and cultural awareness.
Plan Your Time at the McClung
Faculty, staff, and student engagement with the museum can take many forms. Use our space for a one-time class visit, have object-based assignments, or build an ongoing collaboration. Utilize our Object Study Room to view objects specific to your course or conduct research within our collections. Learn More
How are college students benefiting from the McClung?
Students from Professor Misty Anderson’s English 411 class, British Literature 1660–1740, were inspired by conversations surrounding eighteenth-century slavery artifacts in the museum’s Object Study Room to organize a human trafficking panel discussion on campus.
Students from School of Art Professor Sarah Lowe’s design studio class created mock apps for the museum’s Decorative Arts gallery in collaboration with academic programs. One student-created app, The Decorative Duel, won an award at the American Alliance of Museum’s 2015 annual conference.