Clarksville’s Customs House Museum July 2022 Exhibitions, 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 July events at the Museum include Bold Expressions: Vietnam: 2 Soldiers, 2 Artists, 2 Journeys Then and Now, Call and Response: Greg Sand and Billy Renkl Collaborations, Clarksville and the Locomotive, 38th Edition from the Flying High, Family Art Saturday: fish on a plate in wallpaper.
Customs Museum exhibits
Annual Staff Art Exhibition
July 1 – September 18 | Lobby
The annual Staff Art Exhibition showcases the creative work of those who work behind the scenes at the Museum. Each piece reveals the artists’ unique personalities, special moments in their lives and their inspirations.
The nature of Olen Bryant
July 5 – September 5 | Crouching Gallery
In collaboration with LeQuire Gallery & Studio in Nashville, this retrospective exhibit features a wide range of works by Tennessee treasurer Olen Byrant. A revered art professor at Austin Peay State University (APSU), Bryant’s sculptures have adorned the interior of the Governor’s Mansion, prominent Tennessee museums, and art collections across the country.
Call and response: collaborations of Greg Sand and Billy Renkl
Until July 28 | Harvill Gallery
Sand and Renkl mainly work with found images, but the way they use them is quite different. For these collages of found photographs, the artists combine two distinct approaches and individual aesthetics to produce a body of work that neither of them would have created alone.
Bold Expressions: The Art of Stephanie J. Brown
Until July 31 | Jostens 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.
Vietnam: 2 soldiers, 2 artists, 2 trips from yesterday and today
Until August 14 | Kimbrough Gallery
From helicopters and hand grenades to watercolors and canvas, this is the story of two brave soldiers who fought their way into the world of art. This memorable and one-of-a-kind exhibition highlights the best Vietnamese work by David Wright and Chuck Creasy. It all comes together in this exhilarating and meaningful show, which connects two lives, two worlds, two journeys.
Train Stop: Clarksville and the Locomotive
Until August 28 | Bruner and Orgain Galleries
Clarksville’s history is closely tied to the railroad, and this exhibit features a variety of artifacts, photographs, and stories to illustrate its impact on local industry and the community.
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.
First Thursday Art Walk
July 14, 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. Come see exhibiting artist Stephanie J. Brown as she demonstrates painting during Art Walk.
38e Annual Fly High
July 16, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Join the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center at Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel for a 007-inspired event with a license to thrill. Bid on exceptional artwork, experiences and more! Enjoy a glamorous evening of dinner, dancing and cocktails – shaken or stirred – at Clarksville’s premier fundraising gala.
Tickets are on sale on the Museum’s website.
Red Cross blood drive
July 20, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Save lives by donating blood! The Museum and the local branch of the Red Cross are organizing a blood drive open to the public. Call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter “CustomsHouse” to schedule an appointment.
Fifth Saturday Donation Day with Youth Villages
July 30, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The fifth Saturday is the day of giving! Any monetary donation to the Museum is your admission. This month, we are also organizing a back-to-school backpack collection for the youth villages. Support a child in our community who will start school with new supplies that can have a profound impact! Donate to the Youth Villages, the Museum or both to enter the Museum today!
Here is the list of items that Youth Villages need:
|· Basic/scientific calculators||· Graph paper|
|Three-ring binders (1”)||· Colouring pencils|
|· Notebooks of compositions||Markers|
|· Pencil cases||Construction paper (small packets)|
|Red/blue/black pens||Glue sticks (not liquid glue)|
|Broad/College Ruled Paper|
|NEW backpacks for all ages (K-college) – male, female, gender neutral|
Touching the story
Every Thursday, meet between 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | The way of memory
All ages | Free with membership or paid entry
Learn hands-on history by grinding coffee beans, see how handmade fabric was made, and spin a zoetrope in Touching History, a drop-in program for all ages. Step back in time by interacting with historical artifacts that give you a glimpse of life in a 19th century log cabin before electricity.
* Touching History will not take place on July 7.
Family Art Saturday: Create a Train Pop-Up Card
June 30, 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
For this month’s Family Art Saturday, stop by the Family Art Studio to create your very own train pop-up greeting card. The first train engine arrived in Clarksville by steamboat in 1859 – you can visit the exhibit, Train Stop: Clarksville and the Locomotive for more fun facts about Clarksville Railroad history.
*All parents must participate and supervise their children.
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.
Blue Star Museums
May 21 – September 5
Blue Star Museums offers free museum admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families, including the National Guard and Reserve, from Armed Forces Day through Labor Day. Admission is good for the military ID holder and up to five family members.
Seasons: The Museum Shop
Sale of Choo Choo trains
Offer expires July 31, 2022
Calling all train lovers! This month, trains invade the Museum! Buy brand new merchandise on the train at Seasons: The Museum Store, check out the new train stop display and visit the model trains during your visit. Train merchandise is 10% off; Museum members get 20% off.
July 16 and 17
The Museum will be closed the weekend of July 16 and 17 in preparation for Flying High. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
About the Customs House Museum
Located 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