McClung Museum News

Archaeological Institute of America Lecture Series Begins January 16

The East Tennessee Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and UT’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will continue their annual lecture series Thursday, January 16. The first lecture will feature UT professor Dawnie Steadman, a skeletal biologist who specializes in forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology, and human rights investigations. Steadman will talk about the research on mass grave exhumations being conducted by UT’s Forensic Anthropology Center.

McClung Museum Hosts Free Stroller Tour January 13

UT’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will offer its first stroller tour of the new year on Monday, January 13. The 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. event will focus on textiles and fiber art from around the world. Parents and caregivers with toddlers or babies are invited to meet in the museum’s lobby before taking a free tour of the museum’s decorative arts gallery, “The Decorative Experience.”

McClung Museum Hosts Winter Holidays Family Fun Day December 21

The McClung Museum will offer a free family fun day celebrating winter and the holidays on Saturday, December 21. The 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. event will include a show-and-tell using objects from the museum’s collection and celebrations around the world. Children also will make holiday ornaments and paper lanterns to celebrate the holidays and the winter solstice.

McClung Museum Hosts Free Stroller Tour December 16

The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will offer a free stroller tour celebrating winter and the holidays on Monday, December 16. Parents and caregivers with toddlers or babies are invited to meet in the museum’s lobby before taking a winter-themed tour of the museum’s decorative arts gallery, The Decorative Experience.

What’s Your Big Idea? Dinosaurs!

Big Orange Big IdeasJefferson Chapman, director of the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, talks about a really big idea—the addition of a “big,” 2,400-pound, twenty-four-foot-long bronze skeleton of an Edmontosaurus annectens, a hadrosaur (or duck-billed) dinosaur to the museum.

McClung Museum Curator Discusses Near-Extinct Mussels at Science Forum

Alabama lampmussels—once thought to be extinct—are the topic of discussion at this week’s Science Forum. Gerry Dinkins, of the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, will present “Rediscovery of the Nearly Extinct Alabama Lampmussel in the Emory River” on Friday, November 1. The presentation will begin at noon in Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena. Attendees can bring lunch or purchase it at the arena.