McClung Museum News

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.

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.