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Exhibitions

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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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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Elizabeth Gould: A Partnership of Art and Science

August - December 2021

Elizabeth Gould was a prolific artist. She designed and lithographed more than 650 natural history illustrations in her lifetime – some of which were among the most important bird illustrations created. This exhibition features over thirty of her works, and it seeks to bring Gould to the forefront, acknowledging her extensive contributions.

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Shane Pickett: Djinong Djina Boodja (Look at the Land That I Have Travelled)

January - May, 2022

During his lifetime, Shane Pickett (1957–2010) was acclaimed as one of Western Australia’s most significant contemporary Aboriginal artists. Featuring 29 works from the most radical and significant phase of his career, Djinong Djina Boodja (Look at the Land That I Have Travelled) is the first major exhibition of Pickett’s work in the US.

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Women’s Work: Selected Women Artists from the McClung Museum

January - May 2021

Work created by women artists is celebrated and explored in this exhibition from the McClung’s Arts and Culture collection. The McClung’s collection of women artists primarily includes local, East Tennessee artists like Adelia Armstrong Lutz, Mary Etta Grainger, and others, along with some well-known American artists like Elizabeth Nourse and Maria Martinez.

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