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Exhibitions

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Femina Princeps: A First Lady of the Roman Empire

January 5, 2018–Ongoing

This mini-exhibition of Roman coins from the museum’s permanent collections reveals a tension between Roman society’s expectations for women and the reality some created for themselves.

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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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Pygmy Rattlesnake  

Prints That Kill: Poisonous Plants and Animals

April 27, 2018–Ongoing

This mini-exhibition of almost 30 prints explores poisonous plants and animals in nature, drawing from the museum’s extensive natural history print collection.

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Science in Motion: The Photographic Studies of Eadweard Muybridge, Berenice Abbott, and Harold Edgerton, Works from the Bank of America Collection

September 20, 2019–January 5, 2020

This exhibition of 36 photographs offers a rich and extensive view of the scientific studies done by three of photography’s greats—Eadweard Muybridge, Berenice Abbott, and Harold Edgerton.

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St. John on Patmos Writing Down his Visions of the Apocalypse  

Visions of the End, 1000–1600

January 31–May 10, 2020

In this exhibition the Apocalypse is witnessed through captivating artworks inspired by John’s Book of Revelation, which anticipates a final judgment by analyzing such foreboding precursors as terrifying beasts and natural disasters.

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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, and writings of these captivating people.

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Painting by Greg Harlin  

Archaeology & the Native Peoples of Tennessee

The incredibly rich Native American heritage of Tennessee and the archaeological work that has assisted in understanding that past are revealed in this comprehensive and engaging exhibition.

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McClung Museum building  

Edmontosaurus Annectens

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

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

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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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

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

Art is a universal element of human culture. No culture is known where some form of aesthetic expression does not occur.

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