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Exhibitions

Nine Banded Armadillo created by stone lithograph  

Masterful Mammals

June 13, 2022–June 2024

Masterful Mammals showcases the breadth of the McClung’s natural history print collection by highlighting works from John James Audubon’s folio Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America.

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Illustration of skull adorned with bright red and orange flowers sits in front of a colorful banner  

The Spirit of Día de los Muertos

August 26–December 11, 2022

For the first time in its exhibition history the McClung Museum is celebrating the deeply-rooted traditions and colorful spirit of the Day of the Dead in fall 2022. The Spirit of Día de los Muertos highlights the rich history of the Mexican celebration that honors and remembers loved ones passed with artistic sentimentality.

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McClung Museum building  

Edmontosaurus Annectens

October 25, 2013

Meet the McClung Museum’s newest addition, and University of Tennessee’s newest and oldest Vol–an Edmontosaurus annectens named “Monty” by popular vote.

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Mosasaur in the Geology Exhibit  

Geology & Fossil History of Tennessee

September 1, 2002

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

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Human Origins Ceiling  

Human Origins: Searching for our Fossil Ancestors

July 1, 2004

The McClung Museum presents a comprehensive overview of the scientific understanding of the last six million years of the evolution of hominids—humans and our ancestors.

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Panel at entrance to gallery answers the question, "What is Repatriation"  

Repatriation of Archaeology & the Native Peoples of Tennessee

August 23, 2022 - August 2023

Produced in collaboration with Native Nation partners, this exhibit reimagines the 22-year-old Native Peoples of Tennessee gallery to highlight the vital role of Repatriation in preserving and commemorating Indigenous cultures.

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Tennessee Freshwater Mussels

February 1, 1993

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

August 11, 2007 - January 2, 2023

The Civil War in Knoxville begins with an overview of the national political situation in the fall of 1863 and then focuses on the pivotal role of Knoxville’s Battle of Fort Sanders and East Tennessee during the American Civil War.

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Decorative Arts Gallery  

The Decorative Experience

September 9, 2011

The art that humans make, whether used in daily life or only for important events, is a powerful form of human communication.

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Bride Edmondson  

The Sculpture of William Edmondson: Tombstones, Garden Ornaments and Stonework

January 13 - May 13, 2023

This is the first museum examination of artist William Edmondson’s career in over twenty years. Featuring twelve of his sculptures, photographs by noted photographer Louise Dahl-Wolfe, and ephemera, the exhibition draws upon new scholarship to contextualize Edmondson’s sculpture.

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