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On-site and Off-site

The McClung Museum offers a variety of onsite and offsite programs for K–12 groups that meet the curricula of Tennessee public schools. Bring your class to the McClung, where students will learn to use visual analysis of objects in our collection to enhance their understanding of history, art, and science.

Schedule a K–12 Visit

On-site Programs

On-site programs and admission to the McClung Museum are free. Programs take place in the galleries and are based on the content of the exhibits, which have direct connections to the current science, social studies, or visual arts curricula of Tennessee public schools for specific grade levels. Please see our Education Programs Brochure for more detailed information.

Education Brochure

Tour Options

  • Archaeology and the Native Peoples of Tennessee. Grades K–12, social studies, art, science.
  • The Civil War in Knoxville: The Battle of Fort Sanders, November 29, 1863. Grades 4–12, social studies, art, science. [Program suspended for Fall 2019]
  • Geology and Fossil History of Tennessee. Grades PreK–12, science.
  • Human Origins: Searching for Our Fossil Ancestors. Grades 5–12, science, art.
  • Ancient Egypt: The Eternal Voice. Grades K–12. Social studies, art, science.
  • Art of the World Peoples in the Decorative Experience Gallery. Grades PreK–12, art and social studies.
  • Freshwater Mussels: Treasures Past and Present. Grades K–12, science, art, social studies.
  • Temporary Exhibitions. Contact museum for curriculum standards and audience for the current show.

Museum Policies for Teachers and Students

  • Gallery programs take approximately 45 minutes each. Teachers and chaperones are responsible for the discipline of students at all times.  One adult is required for every 15 students.
  • Reservations are required for all groups. For reservations, please use our online form or contact Leslie Chang Jantz with any questions at or 865-974-3662, Monday through Friday.
  • Minimum group size is 10 students.
  • Maximum group size is 80 students in the museum at any one time.
  • 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.
  • Parking is under the control of university Parking Services, not the museum. 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.
  • Knox County Schools Risk Assessment
Post Visit Evaluation

Contact Leslie Chang Jantz, curator of education, for programming and scheduling questions at

Off-site Programs

When a field trip to the museum isn’t possible during the school year, educators are available for tailored presentations in your classroom, enhanced with hands-on artifacts or activities.

Archaeology and the Native Peoples of Tennessee. Grades 5–12, social studies.

Full class period of information complete with graphics and video examining the 12,000+ years of human culture in East Tennessee. Students come away with an appreciation of early life ways, cultural adaptations to a changing environment, and a perspective on how archaeology contributes to our knowledge of human ingenuity and survival.

Ancient Egypt: The Eternal Voice. Grades 6–12, social studies.

A presentation with graphics and photos illustrating the splendor of ancient Egypt. The people, religion, monuments, art, writing, and contributions to world culture all are explored. An activity focusing on Egyptian hieroglyphs is included, and facsimile artifacts also are presented.

For more details on curriculum standards and program descriptions, please see our Education Brochure.


Outreach program fees are $2 per student with no charge for students on fee waivers. A minimum fee may be charged. The fee includes both large- and small-group activities.


For reservations or information on the Ancient Egypt and Archaeology and the Native Peoples of Tennessee outreach programs, please use the form below:

Schedule a K–12 Visit