McClung Museum News

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.

Birds in Art Exhibit Opens at McClung Museum May 25

Paintings, sculptures, and graphics celebrating the timeless appeal of birds are the focus of a new exhibit that opens Saturday, May 25, at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture. The touring exhibit, Birds in Art, runs through August 18. It features sixty works created in the past two years by artists from around the world.

McClung Museum Offers Civil War Stroller Tour May 20

Parents and caregivers—with toddlers in tow—can learn about the history of the Civil War in Knoxville during a Monday, May 20, “stroller tour” at the McClung Museum. The tour, which will focus on the Battle of Fort Sanders, will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the foyer at the museum on the Knoxville campus. It is part of a monthly series of free tours that allow parents and caregivers to interact with one another and museum staff without the worry of disrupting other visitors.

UT Offers Tips, Relaxation to Get Students Through Finals

As final exams draw near, many areas of campus are offering ways to help students focus, unwind, or both. And while the first step of being ready for finals is staying healthy, students will have activities ranging from ice cream socials to puppy play time to help soothe their frazzled nerves. Classes end this Friday. Monday, April 29, is a study day. Finals begin Tuesday, April 30.

Markel to Discuss Knoxville Civil War Archaeology at Science Forum

Archaeologists from the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture have recently explored two local Civil War sites. Joan Markel, curator of Civil War exhibits at the museum, will discuss the exploration and their findings Friday at the final UT Science Forum of the semester. The presentation begins at noon on in Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena. Attendees can bring lunch or purchase it at the arena.

Neanderthals Expert to Speak at McClung Museum April 14

An expert on Neanderthals and human evolution will be the next speaker at a special lecture series at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture. Fred H. Smith, a noted human paleontologist and professor of anthropology and biological sciences at Illinois State University, will speak at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, April 14. Smith also is an UT alumnus and former professor. The lecture will take place in the McClung auditorium.

McClung Museum Begins Fiftieth Anniversary Lecture Series March 14

The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will begin a special lecture series March 14 to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary. The series will bring in worldwide experts to speak on topics related to the museum’s collections and exhibitions on archaeology, Egyptology, decorative arts, the American Civil War, geology, and natural history. All lectures are free and open to the public.