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McClung Museum building

General Information

The McClung Museum is located at 1327 Circle Park Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996, off Volunteer Boulevard on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Click on our address above for driving directions.

Admission and parking are free. Museum hours are Monday–Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.–5 p.m.

The museum is closed on the following dates: January 1, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, December 24 & 25.

Parking Shack

On weekdays you can request a free two-hour museum parking pass, available from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Parking Information Center kiosk at the entrance to Circle Park Drive, located just north of the museum. On weekends and after 4 p.m. on weekdays, free parking is available on Circle Park Drive. Parking during these times does not require a parking permit unless an athletic or other large event is scheduled on campus. On those occasions, paid parking is made available and parking attendants will be present.

Longer term paid public parking is available at Volunteer Hall Parking Garage (Level 1, enter and exit from White Avenue only). See the UT Campus Map for more information.

Directions to the Museum

  • From I-40, take the Alcoa Highway (Hwy. 129) exit, then exit at Neyland Drive. Turn left onto Neyland. At Lake Loudoun Blvd., turn left and go to the end of the street. You will be at Volunteer Blvd. Turn right onto Volunteer. Take the next right onto Circle Park Drive. The museum is the first building on the right.
  • From Alcoa Highway, traveling north, exit at Neyland Drive, then follow the directions given above.

Click on the map below for walking or driving directions via Google Maps or see Public Transportation tab for other transportation options, including the free Knoxville Trolley Vol Line.


The museum is accessible to persons using wheelchairs.

Accommodations for persons or groups with other disabilities may be requested in advance. Please see the museum map above to familiarize yourself with the location of exhibits, elevators, and restrooms.

Museum restrooms are equipped with a changing station.

The museum has no restaurant or café, but there are some on- and off-campus dining options nearby. There is also a grassy area in Circle Park in front of the museum with benches appropriate for sitting and eating a packed lunch. Einstein Bros. Bagels is located in the nearby Art and Architecture Building, and other dining options are available on campus. A short drive away, the “Strip,” located along Cumberland Avenue just west of Volunteer Boulevard, has many restaurants.

There are several public transportation options for museum visitors. The Knoxville Trolley Vol Line (free to ride), the University T (free to ride), and Knoxville Area Transit KatBus (paid fare) all provide service around Knoxville and areas surrounding UT. Please check their websites for routes, schedules, and fares.

Wireless internet access is free and open to the public in the museum.

Trip Advisor logoYou may contact the McClung Museum by mail, phone, or email at:

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture
The University of Tennessee
1327 Circle Park Drive
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-3200

Phone: 865-974-2144
Fax: 865-974-3827

If you would like to contact an individual staff member, please consult our Staff Contacts.