Clarksville’s Customs House Museum May 2022 Exhibitions, Activities

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

May events 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.


Exhibits of the Customs House Museum

Tennessee Wild Side
May 3 – June 22 | Bruner & Orgain Galleries

Learn about Middle Tennessee’s wildlife with this hands-on look at rivers, caves, and other local habitats. See the bats in Dunbar Cave, discover animal tracks and more!

Society of Animal Artists: The Animals of North America
May 5 – June 26 | Crouch 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 exhibition celebrates the creatures found here in North America with over 50 artworks by artists from around the world.

In memory of Frank Adkins
Until June 26 | lobby

Lt. Col. Frank Adkins was Montgomery County’s most decorated resident to have served in World War II. This collection of photographs, documents, and other artifacts exemplifies the bravery of this hometown hero.

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

Stephanie J. Brown is a self-assured artist, activist, and writer who sheds light on self-esteem, survival, and pride through her work. “I love representing the African diaspora by painting faces and emphasizing our bold features. I add bold colors that represent chakras spiritually.”

Breakthrough: The Rise of American Women Artists
Until May 29 | Kimbrough & Jostens Galleries

This juried exhibition features over 100 paintings and sculptures by American Women Artists (AWA) members from across the country. AWA is an organization dedicated to increasing the number of career opportunities for women in the visual arts.


Explorers Landing: Exploring our city

Now open on the lower level

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

museum events

The Big Payback
May 4, 6:00 p.m. – May 5, 6:00 p.m

The museum participates in The Big Payback, a 24-hour online fundraising day for nonprofits in Middle Tennessee. The museum aims to raise at least $10,000 in total donations during the fundraiser. All donations support the museum in creating educational programs for children and adults, preserving our historical collection, and maintaining our award-winning exhibits. Early donations open April 27 at 6:00 p.m. and donations can be made online until May 5 at 6:00 p.m. at https://www.thebigpayback.org/CustomsHouseMuseum.

¡La Gran Payback! benefit 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 museum entry! You can donate to The Big Payback at the event.

First Thursday Art Walk
May 5, 5:00 p.m – 8:00 pm

The museum offers free admission during Art Walk Clarksville on the first Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Vansauwa’s Tacos & Vegan Eats Food Truck serves delicious food at the Courtyard.

Jazz in June: An Evening with Cindy McElroy
June 11, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m

The Museum welcomes local musician Cindy McElroy, accompanied by noted Nashville musicians Regi & Joseph Wooten, to the second annual Jazz in June benefit. Enjoy a night of soulful jazz, food, drink and dancing! Ticket sales will go on sale soon – keep an eye on the museum’s website for more information!


museum programs

Family Art Saturday: Fork Painting
28 May, between 10:00 – 12:00 & 14:00 – 16:00 | From 3 years, with adults
Free with membership or paid entry | Family Art Studio

Artists can use more than just brushes to paint – sometimes they use other objects like string, sponges and even forks! Let’s use forks to draw bears and other animals found in the exhibition Society of Animal Artists: The Animals of North America. Some colors may bleed, please dress appropriately.

*All parents are expected to attend and supervise their children.

Museum Discovery Quest
Free with membership or paid entry | Designed for school-age children
Take It N’ Make It activity

Explore museum exhibits with your family in creative ways with Museum Discovery Quests – fun, self-guided “scavenger hunts” that will stimulate children’s curiosity and hold their attention. Various themes are offered and all include a free Take It N’ Make It activity pack for kids to create a fun project at home. Sign up for a Perk Pass to win a free Seasons: The Museum Store prize after completing three quests.

F&M Bank Huff & Puff Express model trains
Exhibition open daily | The trains run on Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m

Enjoy one of the largest model railways in the region, complete with a miniature castle, a UFO, and scenic countryside. Interact with the miniature world by moving cars and flying helicopters. The model railway exhibition is open daily and the themes change every season.

Seasons: The Museum Shop

Astronomy Sale
Offer expires May 31, 2022

National Astronomy Day kicks off on May 7th and Seasons is celebrating all month long 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 brand 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 public museum in the state. The original portion of the building was constructed in 1898 as the US Post Office and Customs House for the thriving tobacco trade. The original structure, which brings together a range of architectural styles, is one of the most photographed buildings in the region.

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 worth a visit!

The Explorer’s Gallery is packed with fun, learning and imagination in Aunt Alice’s Attic, McGregor’s Market and Kitchen and of course – the Bubble Cave! Finally, “everyone aboard” to see our amazing model trains. Our volunteer engineers ride “on the rails” every Sunday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The regular opening hours of the museum are Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors and college ID, $3.00 for children 6-18, and free for under-six and museum members.

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

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