McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture

#8 in Best Things To Do in Knoxville
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Key Info

1327 Circle Park Drive

Price & Hours



Museums, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend


  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Located on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, this museum offers exhibits on everything from the native peoples of Tennessee to "Monty," a 2,400-pound, 24-foot-long bronze skeleton of a hadrosaur (duck-billed dinosaur), which once roamed the coastal plains of Tennessee.

Recent travelers said the museum is small, but fascinating, and well worth visiting for its interesting exhibits, especially "Ancient Egypt: The Eternal Voice." This exhibit features a collection of objects, most manufactured more than 2,000 years ago, including everday items like shoes and hair combs to ceremonial pieces, such as a coffin and animal mummies.

The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit the museum's website.

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