McClung museum offers family event day

A son waits for his father at the family activity day.
A son waits for his father at the family activity day.

McClung Museum opened its doors Saturday, Nov. 2 for another family activity day. The free event spotlighted the museum’s Pueblo-to-Pueblo exhibit and featured pottery clay-related activities along with tours of the museum.

The museum has done family activity days for about a year said Debbie Woodiel, a museum employee. The museum will start having the family weekends more often by January.

“We will just have a theme for the weekend and include a mini-tour and crafts involved with that,” Woodiel said.

The museum was humming with the large crowd that gathered to enjoy the events and exhibits. In the center of the McClung, children sat around large tables to mold clay after the Pueblo-style art.

Children mold clay.
Children at McClung’s family event day learn to mold clay after Pueblo art.

“We began the series to increase the attendance on the weekends. We have a lot of school groups that come here, a lot of things for adults on weekends, like lecture series, but we wanted to increase the amount of things we had for families,” she said.

 

The Museum’s exhibits were also open for families to walk through.

A mother and her daughter walked through the ancient Egyptian exhibit, snapping photos of the Egyptian sarcophagus. “It’s been years since I’ve been here, probably when I was a student was the last time,”Janelle Witt said.

Witt said she enjoyed the museum, as did her daughter, who was studying Ancient Egypt in her social studies class.

A son enjoys the evolution exhibit at the McClung Museum.
A son enjoys the evolution exhibit at the McClung Museum.

Witt found that Knoxville offers many events for children and families, but thought the event at the museum would be helpful with her daughter’s studies.

Her daughter said her favorite exhibit was “the Egyptian one.”

The museum offers a diversity of exhibits, events, lectures and other outlets for younger students to engage with and be entertained by.

 

Edited by Nichole Stevens