Fossil Day at McClung Museum

KNOXVILLE—In celebration of International Archaeology Day and National Fossil Day, the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture hosts a free and family friendly event with activities about archaeology and fossils. The event will be held on Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the museum.

University of Tennessee archaeologists, paleontologists, and geologists and their graduate students will host displays about their projects locally and around the world. They will be on hand to talk with visitors about their work and offer hands-on activities demonstrating their research. Visitors can also bring artifacts, rocks, and fossils to the museum for identification by experts.

The event will also have a number of activities for children, including make-and-take Roman-style shield decorating, writing names in Egyptian hieroglyphs, identifying plant remains in sandboxes, matching animal bones, and making Roman “coins”. Additionally there will be short, interactive presentations for adults and children about caves, fossil crocodiles, a day in the life of a Roman soldier, and exploring Mars.

All activities are free and open to the public, and reservations are not required.

The museum is located at 1327 Circle Park Drive on the University of Tennessee campus. The museum is open Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Parking passes are not needed on the weekends.