McClung Museum to Host Free Family Programs Celebrating Chinese New Year

UT’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will host a family fun day celebrating the Chinese New Year from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, January 21.

The event is sponsored by UT’s Confucius Institute and will feature a special dance performance by students from the East Tennessee Chinese School.

Visitors will learn about the different traditions associated with the Chinese New Year through tours, crafts, traditional music and dance, calligraphy demonstrations, and martial arts. All materials will be provided, and reservations are not necessary.

The museum also will host a stroller tour for parents and caregivers with young children from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, January 23. “The Year of the Rooster” will feature objects from the museum’s Decorative Arts Gallery to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Visitors and their caregivers will work on a craft that corresponds to their respective zodiac sign.

The stroller tour is free and open to the public, but reservations are necessary and are first-come, first-served. Online registration is suggested. Participants also may call 865-974-2144 to make a reservation.

The McClung Museum is located at 1327 Circle Park Drive. Museum admission is free, and the museum’s hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Free two-hour museum parking passes are available from the parking kiosk at the entrance to Circle Park Drive during the week. Free parking is available on the weekends. Free public transportation to the museum is available via the Knoxville Trolley Vol Line.

See the museum’s website for more information about family programming, parking, and collections and exhibits.

 

C O N T A C T:

Callie Bennett (865-974-2144, croller2@utk.edu)  

Catherine Shteynberg (865-974-6921, cshteynb@utk.edu)