McClung Museum News

McClung Museum Opens Knoxville Unearthed Exhibition September 17

In recognition of Knoxville’s 225th anniversary, UT’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture opens Knoxville Unearthed: Archaeology in the Heart of the Valley, an exhibition exploring the city’s heritage as seen through archaeological discoveries. The exhibit opens September 17 and runs through January 8, 2017.

Alumna Curates McClung Exhibit on Alaska Native Art

Following her graduation from UT, Christine Dano Johnson turned her focus to polishing her curatorial experience. This led her to curate her first solo mini exhibition, Land, Sea, and Spirit: Alaska Native Art from the 19th and 20th Centuries, at the McClung Museum.

McClung Museum Displays Mate to Tennessee State Artifact

A prehistoric Native American statue currently on display in the lobby of the McClung Museum is thought to be the female counterpart to a male figure that was named the Tennessee State Artifact in 2014. The pair appears to have been made by the same sculptor between A.D. 1250 and 1350, and the two rank among the finest prehistoric sculptures ever found in the United States. Both statues were found in the 1930s at the Sellars farm in Wilson County, Tennessee.