In honor of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, UT’s McClung Museum will feature several Olympic-themed bronzes of speed skaters and figure skaters from the museum’s Joseph B. Wolffe Collection. The display, which goes up today, the first day of Winter Olympics competition, will be on view through February 24.
McClung Museum News
The places and people of the Civil War in East Tennessee and beyond is the topic of the fourth annual McClung Museum Civil War Lecture series. The series kicks off on January 26 with “Soldiers’ Stories: Stationed in Knoxville, 1861–1865,” which will examine original letters and sources that speak to the experiences of young men far from home in a time of war. McClung Museum Civil War Curator Joan Markel will deliver the lecture.
The McClung Museum will offer a free family fun day to showcase its new exhibit, Glass of the Ancient Mediterranean on Saturday, January 25. The 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. event will take place in the museum lobby and exhibit gallery. The family fun day will include educational activities focused on the exhibit, and children can make an exhibit-inspired craft to take home.
Two new exhibits—one featuring ancient glass from the Mediterranean and the other featuring American Indian glass beadwork—open Saturday, January 18, at the McClung Museum. Glass of the Ancient Mediterranean and Brightly Beaded: North American Indian Glass Beadwork will run through June 1, 2014. They illustrate a variety of objects ranging from the ancient world to the recent past.
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.
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.”
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.
Classes may be over, but UT has plenty of activities to enjoy throughout December. Here are some events holiday “staycationers” won’t want to miss.
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.
The Metro Pulse has featured the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture’s new Pueblo exhibit, calling it “an antidote