Clarksville, TN – The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is located in historic downtown Clarksville, Tennessee. Come explore an entire city block featuring large gallery spaces filled with fine art, science and history.
Some of the events in September at the Museum are: Max Garner: Personal View, Holiday from the Collection, Christmas Town, John Baeder: The Scenic Route, Camille Engel: Her Home Tennessee and Second Saturday Free Admission Day.
Customs House Museum Exhibits
Max Garner: Personal View
November 1st – December 1st | Planters Bank Peg Harvill Gallery
Work by Nashville photographer Max Garner. This exhibition is sponsored in part by Nashville Arts Magazine.
Holiday from the Collection
November 1st – December 31st | The Leaf Chronicle Lobby
Objects from the permanent collection of the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center celebrate the holiday season.
November 1st – January 27th | Memory Lane
This large collection of porcelain pieces was assembled by Jimmy and Sue Drye of Clarksville. The village was donated to the museum by the Drye’s children in honor of their parents. Hundreds of porcelain pieces recently donated by the Drye family make up a large display for Christmas Town.
There are moving parts and lights, and even a model train making its way through the village. Sponsored in part by Planters Bank
Women Painting Women
September 6th – November 20th | Kimbrough Gallery
Seven contemporary women artists from across the United States form this annual exhibition celebrating women. The artists were chosen for their strong and unique styles. Their interpretations within the theme of figurative painting are as diverse as the many types of women in our society. They are consistently creating, teaching, and exploring their medium with grace and respect for the subject matter.
John Baeder: The Scenic Route
September 11th – November 28th | Jostens Gallery
A master of classic Americana, John Baeder is known for his successful photorealistic portrayal of roadside diners and eateries, and nostalgic Americana. This exhibition is sponsored in part by Haynes Galleries.
Camille Engel: Her Home Tennessee
October 16th – January 2nd | Crouch Gallery
American contemporary realist oil painter Camille Engel is internationally acclaimed and known for her use of rich colors, textures, and intricate detail. This award-winning artist has created a series of paintings themed around the Tennessee State symbols.
In conjunction with the exhibit, the Museum will display 13 student works of art created within the same theme and chosen through a juried process, featuring work from grades 2nd – 10th.
The student art competition is sponsored by Jerry’s Artarama and Chromatics.
Alan LeQuire: From Clay to Bronze
October 19th – January 6th | Orgain & Bruner Galleries
Alan LeQuire is best known today for his monumental sculptures in Middle Tennessee. “From Clay to Bronze” features works done in terra cotta, bronze, and drawings, and includes the traveling exhibit “Lost Wax Casting”.
This exhibit includes clay models, molds, wax castings, and finished bronze sculpture, along with photographs that help to explain the process that was invented in China over 10,000 years ago. Finished works include many of LeQuire’s small-scale figure studies.
The exhibition promotes the value of traditional practices: studying the human figure and working from life.
First Thursday Art Walk
Thursday, November 1st, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
The museum is open to the public with free admission as part of Downtown Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk.
Friday Mornings in November: Fun with Feathers
November 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th | 10:30am – 11:30am
In the Family Art Studio | Ages 2 – 5, with adult caretaker
Explore, examine, and compare different kinds of real bird feathers in this hands-on, drop-in activity. How are they the same, and how are they different? Discover what a peacock feather looks like under a microscope. Examine a duck feather – how is it like a zipper? Feel an ostrich feather on your skin; count and sort real feathers by color; and make a feather “fly!”
Finally, use a feather as a paint brush to create your own picture to take home – what kind of designs and patterns and textures can you make?
Hands-On Activities: Weave a Basket & Play a Native American Stick Game
Saturday, November 3rd & 17th | 10:30am – 11:30am & 2:00pm – 3:00pm.
In the Family Art Studio | Grades K – 6th, with adult caretaker
November is Native American Heritage Month. Did you know that our state, Tennessee, was named after the Cherokee word “Tanasi”, meaning ‘Little River’? There are many famous Native American tribes who played a part in the history of Tennessee.
From ancient times to the present day, many Native American tribes have created baskets. In this hands-on, drop-in program, weave a basket to take home with you.
Also — make, play with, and take home a traditional Native American Stick Game. If you’re coming to the afternoon session, come a little early and enjoy the demonstration & hands-on activity, described below!
Flint Knapping and Native American Artifacts: A Demonstration & Hands-on Exploration
Saturday, November 3rd & 17th | 1:00pm – 2:00pm | In the Family Art Studio
Flint knapping is the age-old art of making arrowheads, spears, and other edged stone tools. American Indian hunter-gatherers relied upon this skill to create important tools and hunting implements. In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, join Mr. Doug Parker as he demonstrates and explains how arrowheads were created.
Plus, Mr. Bob Parker will share items from his personal collection of genuine Native American artifacts that you can examine, touch, and ask questions about. Bonus: each child that comes to this special drop-in activity will get a reproduction arrowhead to take home (while supplies last)!
Second Saturday Free Admission Day
Saturday, November 10th, 10:00am – 5:00pm
The museum is open to the public with free admission all day from 10:00am – 5:00pm as part of our monthly Second Saturday Free Admission Day.
Family Art Day: the Art of Marketing
Family Art Studio | Sunday, November 18th, 2018 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm | Appropriate for ages 6 years and older
To sell any product, companies must first catch the prospective customer’s attention. Even the youngest of children recognizes McDonald’s by its Golden Arches and anyone from Marietta, GA, knows about the Big Chicken! Last month 420 children were introduced to new art forms and new ideas during our Art 4 US Fall Break event, as well as varying careers that depend on the creativity of artists.
Join Ms. Sue in the Family Art Studio as we explore some of the “tricks of the trade” and create our own 3-dimensional paper structures to promote your selected product. Visit the exhibit “John Baeder: The Scenic Route”. Do you know which business was the originator of the “Big Boy”? You may need to do a little research to find the answer.
For more information on family programming, contact Ms. Sue at or 931.648.5780.
Museum Store Sunday: 25 on the 25th
Sunday, November 25th, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
On Sunday, November 25, 2018, over 700 Museum Stores representing all fifty states, ten countries, and three continents will offer relaxing, inspired shopping inside your favorite museums and cultural institutions. Enjoy 25% off your entire purchase at Seasons: The Museum Store! We carry a wide-array of art-inspired and one-of-a-kind items, specializing in handmade items by local, regional and international artisans.
The Customs House Museum & Cultural Center will be closed Sunday, November 11th for Veteran’s Day and Thursday, November 22nd for Thanksgiving Day.
About the Customs House Museum
Located in the heart of historic downtown Clarksville, Tennessee, the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is the State’s second largest general museum. The original portion of the building was constructed in 1898 as a U.S. Post Office and Customs House for the flourishing tobacco trade. Incorporating a number of architectural styles, the original structure is one of the most photographed buildings in the region.
With over 35,000 square feet of the region’s best hands-on activities and special events…people of all ages agree – the Customs House Museum is well worth the stop!
The Explorer’s Gallery is packed with fun, learning and fantasy in Aunt Alice’s Attic, McGregor’s Market and kitchen, and of course – the Bubble Cave! Finally, get “all aboard” to see our fantastic model trains. Our volunteer engineers “ride the rails” every Sunday afternoon from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.
Regular museum hours are 10:00am to 5:00pm Tuesday through Saturday, and 1:00pm to 5:00pm on Sundays. Adult admission is $7.00, Senior Citizens and College ID $5.00, Ages 6 to 18 $3.00, and under six years and Museum members are free.
The Customs House Museum is located at 200 South Second Street. For more information, call 931.648.5780 or visit their website at www.customshousemuseum.org