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Clarksville Customs House Museum May 2022 Exhibits, Activities

Clarksville, TN – The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is located in historic downtown Clarksville, Tennessee. Come explore an entire city block with large gallery spaces filled with works of art, science and history.

Some of the events in May at the museum include Bold Expressions: Society of Animal Artists: The Animals of North America, Bold Expressions: The Art of Stephanie J. Brown, Breaking Through: The Rise of American Women Artists, Remembering Frank Adkins, Jazz in June : An evening with Cindy McElroy, Museum Discovery Quest.


Customs Museum exhibits

Wild side of Tennessee
May 3 – June 22 | Bruner and Orgain Galleries

Learn about the wildlife of Middle Tennessee with this hands-on look at rivers, caves, and other local habitats. Discover bats in Dunbar Cave, identify animal footprints and more!

Society of Animal Artists: Animals of North America
May 5 – June 26 | Crouching Gallery

The Society of Animal Artists is dedicated to promoting excellence in the artistic representation of domestic and wild animals in art. This year’s special exhibit celebrates the creatures found here in North America with over 50 works by artists from around the world.

Remembering Frank Adkins
Until June 26 | Lobby

Lt. Col. Frank Adkins was the most decorated Montgomery County resident to serve in World War II. This collection of photographs, documents and other artifacts illustrates the courage of this local hero.

Bold Expressions: The Art of Stephanie J. Brown
Until May 29 | Harvill Gallery

Stephanie J. Brown is a freelance artist, activist, and author who shines a light on self-awareness, survival, and pride through her work. “I like to represent the African Diaspora by painting faces and accentuating our bold features. I include bright colors, which spiritually represent the chakras.

Drill: The Rise of American Women Artists
Until May 29 | Kimbrough and Jostens Galleries

This juried exhibition features more than 100 paintings and sculptures by American Women Artists (AWA) members from across the country. AWA is an organization that aims to increase the number of professional opportunities for women in the visual fine arts.


Explorers Landing: Exploring Our City

Now open on the lower level

New memories, new adventures, new explorer landings! Explore our city with timeless favorites like the Bubble Cave and McGregor Market and new discoveries like the Landing Stage and Car Ramp. It’s an adventure for all ages.

Museum events

The big comeback
May 4, 6:00 p.m. – May 5, 6:00 p.m.

The museum is participating in The Big Payback, a 24-hour online giving day for Middle Tennessee nonprofits. The Museum aims to reach at least $10,000 in total donations when raising funds. All donations support the Museum in creating educational programs for children and adults, preserving our historic collection, and maintaining our award-winning exhibits. The first donations open April 27 at 6:00 p.m. and donations can be given online until May 5 at 6:00 p.m. at https://www.thebigpayback.org/CustomsHouseMuseum.

¡La Gran Refund! Fundraising event
May 4, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

To celebrate the Big Payback, the Museum is hosting a fiesta-style event that is FREE and open to the public. Join us for the Taqueria Lo Arado Jalisco food truck, drinks, festive music and free entry to the museum! You will be able to donate to The Big Payback during the event.

First Thursday Art Walk
May 5, 5 p.m. – 20:00

The museum will offer free admission during the first Clarksville Art Walk Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Vansauwa’s Tacos & Vegan Eats food truck will serve up delicious food in the backyard.

Jazz in June: An Evening with Cindy McElroy
June 11, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The Museum welcomes local musician Cindy McElroy, accompanied by well-known Nashville musicians Regi and Joseph Wooten, to the second annual Jazz fundraiser in June. Enjoy an evening of soulful jazz, food, drink and dancing! Tickets will go on sale soon – watch the Museum’s website for more information!


Museum programs

Family Art Saturday: Fork Painting
May 28, appointment between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. | From 3 years old, with an adult
Free with membership or paid entry | Family art studio

Artists can use more than brushes to paint – sometimes they use other objects such as string, sponges and even forks! Let’s use forks to paint bears and other animals like those found in the exhibit Society of Animal Artists: The Animals of North America. Some paints may stain, please dress accordingly.

*All parents must participate and supervise their children.

Museum Discovery Quest
Free with membership or paid entry | Developed for school-aged children
Free take-out and make-ahead activity

Explore the Museum’s exhibits with your family in a creative way with the Museum’s Discovery Quests – fun, self-guided “treasure hunts” that pique children’s curiosity and captivate their attention. Several different themes are offered, and all include a free Take It N’ Make It activity pack for kids to complete a fun project at home. Sign up for a Perks Pass to earn a free Seasons: The Museum Store prize after completing three quests.

F&M Bank Huff & Puff Express Model Trains
Exhibition open every day | Trains run on Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Enjoy one of the largest model railway networks in the region with a miniature castle, a UFO and a picturesque landscape. Interact with the miniature world by making the cars move and the helicopters fly. The model train exhibit is open daily and the themes change seasonally.

Seasons: The Museum Shop

Astronomy Sale
Offer expires May 31, 2022

National Astronomy Day begins May 7, and Seasons celebrates the entire month with 15% off all science-related items (members get 25% off). Create your own solar system diorama, play with a night sky frisbee, and more with new items at Seasons!


About the Customs House Museum

Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterLocated in the heart of historic downtown Clarksville, Tennessee, the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is the second largest general museum in the state. The original part of the building was constructed in 1898 as the United States 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 area.

With over 35,000 square feet of the area’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, all get on board to see our fantastic model trains. Our volunteer engineers “ride the tracks” every Sunday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Normal museum hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday. Adult admission is $7.00, seniors and college IDs $5.00, ages 6-18 $3.00, and under-sixes and museum members are free.

The Customs Museum is located at 200 South Second Street. For more information, call 931.648.5780 or visit their website at www.customshousemuseum.org


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