McClung Museum News

Egyptian Mummy Expert to Speak at McClung Museum October 15

Mummy expert Salima Ikram will speak at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture on Tuesday, October 15. The presentation is part of the museum’s fiftieth anniversary celebration. Ikram is a professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo and director of the Animal Mummy Project.

McClung Museum Hosts Archaeology, Fossil Day Activities October 13

In celebration of International Archaeology Day and National Fossil Day, the McClung Museum will host a family-friendly event, “Can You Dig It?” on Sunday, October 13. The event, from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m., will feature activities about archaeology and fossils. It is free and open to the public and reservations are not required.The event will include activities for children, and visitors may bring artifacts, rocks, and fossils for identification.

Archaeological Institute of America Lecture Series Begins at UT October 8

The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture and the East Tennessee Society of the Archaeological Institute of America will begin their annual lecture series on Tuesday, October 8, with a presentation by UT professors Erin Darby and Robert Darby, who will talk about their recent archaeological excavations at ‘Ayn Gharandal, Jordan.

National Geographic Photographer to Speak at McClung Museum

Chris Rainier, a National Geographic photographer considered one of the leading documentary photographers today, will speak Sunday, September 22, at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture. Rainier’s talk, titled “Cultures on the Edge: The Race Against Time to Help Empower Traditional Cultures,” begins at 2:00 p.m.

McClung Museum Hosts Fiftieth Anniversary Lecture by Geology Expert

The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will continue its fiftieth anniversary celebration on September 18 with a lecture about the shaping of eastern North America’s landscape. William A. Thomas, Hudnall Professor Emeritus of Geology at the University of Kentucky and visiting scientist at the Geological Survey of Alabama, will present “Eastern North American through Two Supercontinent Cycles.” The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the McClung Museum. The event is free and open to the public.

Pueblo Pottery Exhibit Opens at McClung Museum September 7

Pueblo pottery from the Southwest is the focus of a new exhibit that opens Saturday, September 7, at UT’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture. Pueblo to Pueblo: The Legacy of Southwest Indian Pottery runs through January 5, 2014, and features more than sixty Pueblo Indian pottery vessels from the mid-nineteenth to twentieth centuries as well as photographs of Pueblo villages and peoples.

Lecture, Signing of New Book Knoxville in the Civil War at UT August 11

Joan Markel, curator of the Civil War history exhibits at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, will give a lecture about her new book Knoxville in the Civil War on Sunday, August 11. The book includes more than 200 photographs, maps, and ephemera exploring the people and sites of Knoxville during this troubled time.

Bird Prints on View at McClung Museum July 10

Hand-colored prints of birds from Australia by John Gould, one of the most important naturalists and illustrators of the nineteenth century, are the focus of a new display that opens July 10 at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture. The mini-exhibit, Selections from The Birds of Australia, commemorates the 175th anniversary of Gould’s arrival in Australia, which resulted in the famous book, The Birds of Australia. More than fifty lithographs of colorful birds will be on display through January 5, 2014.

McClung Museum Offers Birds in Art Free Family Activity Day June 22

The McClung Museum will offer a free activity day for families on Saturday, June 22, to showcase the current temporary exhibition Birds in Art. The exhibit features paintings, sculptures, and graphics of birds from artists around the world. The family activity day will include brief tours of the gallery, a bird feeder craft, a gallery scavenger hunt, and a discussion of common birds children can identify in their backyards and around East Tennessee.

McClung Museum Celebrates Fiftieth Anniversary with Community Bash June 1

The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary with games, a scavenger hunt, and other family-friendly activities from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, June 1. The birthday celebration, which is free and open to the public, marks fifty years since the museum’s official dedication on June 1, 1963.