Customs House Museum & Cultural Center

Customs House Museum & Cultural Center Located in the heart of Historic Downtown Clarksville, Tennessee, the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center is one of Tennessee's largest general museum. OUR MISSION is to collect, preserve, and interpret historical, artistic and scientific material.
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Located in the heart of historic downtown Clarksville, Tennessee, the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is Tennessee's second largest general museum. 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! Explore an entire city block featuring large gallery spaces filled with fine art, science and history. 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 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Clarksville-Montgomery County Museum Photography Use Policy: Special photographers and videographers assist with documenting special events and programs held for our visitors and members at large. Some images may be used in later educational or promotional materials. Your presence at the event or program is interpreted as your permission for such educational or promotional use by the Clarksville-Montgomery county Museum d.b.a The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center. If you do not want your photo used, please tell the photographer. This policy does not apply to public/private schools groups. A separate waiver will be used in line with school policy. Reference: City of Clarksville Attorney, July 26, 2013

Mission: Our mission is to Collect, preserve and interpret historical, artistic and scientific material.

Customs House Museum & Cultural Center's cover photo
11/26/2019

Customs House Museum & Cultural Center's cover photo

11/26/2019
TONIGHT! Fall Exhibits Reception:Experience an evening with the arts and celebrate the Museum’s new Fall Exhibitions. ...
11/07/2019

TONIGHT! Fall Exhibits Reception:
Experience an evening with the arts and celebrate the Museum’s new Fall Exhibitions. The Museum will also feature "Exhibits in Song - Dr. Williams Voice Studio Concert," at 5:30 in the Geraldine Brame Turner Auditorium (located inside the Museum). As part of Downtown Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk, the Museum will be open to the public with free admission.

Learn more about Dr. William's Voice Studio Concert here: https://www.facebook.com/events/342012953260642/

Customs House Museum & Cultural Center's cover photo
11/04/2019

Customs House Museum & Cultural Center's cover photo

We'd like welcome and congratulate Frank Lott as the new Executive Director of the Customs House Museum & Cultural Cente...
11/02/2019
The Leaf-Chronicle - TheLeafChronicle.com

We'd like welcome and congratulate Frank Lott as the new Executive Director of the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center!

Frank Lott is taking on a new role in the community he's served for decades, as director of the Customs House Museum.

10/27/2019

The MUSEUM IS CLOSED. Due to yesterday’s storm, we’re still without power. Sorry for the inconvenience!⛈☹️

10/26/2019

The Museum is closed for the day due to a power outage. Sorry for the inconvenience!

Did it move!? The Oujia board has spooked and entertained since 1890. It is said that to pick a name for the game, a med...
10/25/2019

Did it move!? The Oujia board has spooked and entertained since 1890. It is said that to pick a name for the game, a medium asked the spirits in the board. The board responded “Ouija” and its wish was fulfilled. Ouija boards donated by Julia B. Magee and Mary Winters Gray #spooky #halloween #customshousemuseum #collections #ouiji

Don't forget about our Museum Member Appreciation Movie Night, tomorrow, October 25th! For this member-exclusive event w...
10/24/2019

Don't forget about our Museum Member Appreciation Movie Night, tomorrow, October 25th! For this member-exclusive event we will be screening the Disney Halloween classic "Hocus Pocus" and serving free refreshments sponsored by Clarksville Zombie Hunters, LLC!

Join us for a SPOOKTACULAR NIGHT! Seats are limited so please guarantee your seat by registering at https://customshousemuseum.z2systems.com/np/clients/customshousemuseum/eventRegistration.jsp?event=2&

Not a Museum Member yet? Join here: http://customshousemuseum.org/contribute/membership/

#customshousemuseum #movienight #hocuspocus #halloween

It's a Darning Egg! This needlework tool was used to hole the shape of the fabric while repairing holes in a sock. Gift ...
10/23/2019

It's a Darning Egg! This needlework tool was used to hole the shape of the fabric while repairing holes in a sock. Gift of Katherine Allen

Are you ready for another WHAT'S IT WEDNESDAY? Can you guess what this artifact from the Museum’s Collection was used for? Post your guess in the comments!

Are you ready for another WHAT'S IT WEDNESDAY? Can you guess what this artifact from the Museum’s Collection was used ...
10/16/2019

Are you ready for another WHAT'S IT WEDNESDAY? Can you guess what this artifact from the Museum’s Collection was used for? Post your guess in the comments!

When you visit the Museum this weekend, be sure to stop by the Family Art Studio and have the little ones create a maste...
10/11/2019

When you visit the Museum this weekend, be sure to stop by the Family Art Studio and have the little ones create a masterpiece inspired by our Huff & Puff Express Model Train exhibit! Fill out an entry form and submit your child's artwork to Seasons: The Museum Store Kids Drawing Contest. The winning entry will be printed on a new kids t-shirt to be sold in the Museum Store! 🚂🚂🚂 Visit http://customshousemuseum.org/museum-store for official rules.

ALL ABOARD!! Seasons The Museum Store is having a drawing contest! Children 3-12 can create an original drawing inspired by the Museum’s Huff & Puff Express Model Trains for a chance to have their design chosen to be printed on new kids t-shirts to be sold in Seasons The Museum Store.

Visit customshousemuseum.org/museum-store to download official contest rules and entry form.

10/11/2019

Please excuse the mess... the city is doing some work along 2nd Street ⚠️, but our visitor parking IS OPEN 🚘

10/11/2019

BREAKING NEWS: Unfortunately today’s LITTLE EXPLORERS: DINO DELIGHT PROGRAM is CANCELLED, but please join us for the next two Fridays (10/18 & 10/25) for some fossil fun! Sorry for the inconvenience ☹️🦖🦕

The second Saturday of the month is almost here which can only mean one thing--FREE ADMISSION DAY at the Museum! Stop in...
10/10/2019

The second Saturday of the month is almost here which can only mean one thing--FREE ADMISSION DAY at the Museum! Stop in this Saturday, Oct.12 to see our wonderful exhibits and to see what's new in Seasons: The Museum Store. Don't forget to ask how you can enter to win a FREE 1-YEAR DUO/FAMILY MUSEUM MEMBERSHIP! #freeadmission #customshousemuseum #museum #clarksville #clarksvilletn

Now on view in the Museum's Kimbrough Gallery is Landy R. Hales: American Master of The Layer Poster. Landy R. Hales was...
10/08/2019

Now on view in the Museum's Kimbrough Gallery is Landy R. Hales: American Master of The Layer Poster. Landy R. Hales was a well known designer in New York City during the 1920s and 1930s. Hales made each of his three-dimensional posters by hand using coping saws, chisels and wood files. Don't miss a chance to see the timeless style and careful craftsmanship of Hales work. On view through Dec. 31st.

Noch ein Bier, bitte! This bucket was used to imbibe spirits during the second Oktoberfest held by the @ClarksvilleEdelw...
10/06/2019

Noch ein Bier, bitte! This bucket was used to imbibe spirits during the second Oktoberfest held by the @ClarksvilleEdelweissClub in the early 1980s. The Club was founded in 1981 to bring German culture and traditions to Clarksville.

Happy World Teacher’s Day! Who was your favorite teacher in school? Photographic Negative of Burt High School music te...
10/05/2019

Happy World Teacher’s Day! Who was your favorite teacher in school? Photographic Negative of Burt High School music teacher, Araminta Jones, 1947. Taken by Nora Witzel.

Gift of Eugene Darnell

Do you have a budding little artist in your life? Encourage them to enter Seasons: The Museum Store's Kids Drawing Conte...
10/04/2019

Do you have a budding little artist in your life? Encourage them to enter Seasons: The Museum Store's Kids Drawing Contest! Have your little one create artwork inspired by our Huff & Puff Express Model Train exhibit. The winning entry will be printed on a new kids t-shirt that will be sold in the Museum store! To learn more, download official rules and entry form at http://customshousemuseum.org/museum-store

ALL ABOARD!! Seasons The Museum Store is having a drawing contest! Children 3-12 can create an original drawing inspired by the Museum’s Huff & Puff Express Model Trains for a chance to have their design chosen to be printed on new kids t-shirts to be sold in Seasons The Museum Store.

Visit customshousemuseum.org/museum-store to download official contest rules and entry form.

Customs House Museum & Cultural Center
09/24/2019

Customs House Museum & Cultural Center

ALL ABOARD!! Seasons The Museum Store is having a drawing contest! Children 3-12 can create an original drawing inspired by the Museum’s Huff & Puff Express Model Trains for a chance to have their design chosen to be printed on new kids t-shirts to be sold in Seasons The Museum Store.

Visit customshousemuseum.org/museum-store to download official contest rules and entry form.

Don't forget...The Customs House Museum & Cultural Center is participating in this year's Smithsonian Magazine's Museum ...
09/20/2019

Don't forget...The Customs House Museum & Cultural Center is participating in this year's Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day! Tomorrow, Saturday, September 21st, visitors who download a ticket at smithsonianmag.com/museumday/venues/museum/customs-house-museum-cultural-center/ will receive FREE ADMISSION for two!

This is national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington D.C.-based museums.

#museumday #customshousemuseum #freeadmission #museum #smithsonian #smithsonianmagazine

ALL ABOARD!! Seasons The Museum Store is having a drawing contest! Children 3-12 can create an original drawing inspired...
09/18/2019

ALL ABOARD!! Seasons The Museum Store is having a drawing contest! Children 3-12 can create an original drawing inspired by the Museum’s Huff & Puff Express Model Trains for a chance to have their design chosen to be printed on new kids t-shirts to be sold in Seasons The Museum Store.

Visit customshousemuseum.org/museum-store to download official contest rules and entry form.

Just a reminder that tomorrow is the second Saturday of the month which means FREE ADMISSION DAY at the Museum! Come in ...
09/13/2019

Just a reminder that tomorrow is the second Saturday of the month which means FREE ADMISSION DAY at the Museum! Come in and see all of our great exhibits and find out how you can enter to win a FREE 1-year DUO/FAMILY MUSEUM MEMBERSHIP.

Learn more the benefits of membership here: http://customshousemuseum.org/contribute/membership

America was forever changed on this day 18 years ago. We will #NeverForget those who gave their lives, those who served,...
09/11/2019

America was forever changed on this day 18 years ago. We will #NeverForget those who gave their lives, those who served, and those who carry on.

FROM THE COLLECTION: Tennessee State Flag flown over the Tennessee State Capital in 2002 for the Flight Across America program as a tribute to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Gift of pilots R. Q. Old and Bob Burdette.

Congratulations to Jackson, Tennessee sculptor Hattie Marshall-Duncan for receiving a 2019 Governor’s Art FOLKLIFE HER...
09/10/2019
Tennessee Arts Commission

Congratulations to Jackson, Tennessee sculptor Hattie Marshall-Duncan for receiving a 2019 Governor’s Art FOLKLIFE HERITAGE AWARD! Hattie exhibited here in the summer of 2018 and donated two pieces to the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center's permanent collection. Learn more here: https://tnartscommission.org/governors-arts-awards/2019-award-winners/hattie-marshall-duncan/

TN Arts congratulates the 2019 Governor's Arts Award recipients!

https://tnartscommission.org/news/governor-and-first-lady-lee-announce-twelve-recipients-of-the-2019-governors-arts-awards/

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum National Assembly of State Arts Agencies: NASAA South Arts National Endowment for the Arts

Grab a book and Celebrate International Literacy Day! This 1928 book from the Museum’s Collections was read and donate...
09/08/2019

Grab a book and Celebrate International Literacy Day! This 1928 book from the Museum’s Collections was read and donated by Ruth Porter.

Visit our Harvill Gallery to take a peek at the quaint & quirky world created by collage artist Cathy Horner. The Johnso...
09/07/2019

Visit our Harvill Gallery to take a peek at the quaint & quirky world created by collage artist Cathy Horner. The Johnson City, Tennessee artist carefully crafts her collages from her collection of ephemera from old magazines, newspapers, and catalogs. "The Magical Stories of Cathy Horner" is on view at the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center through Nov. 3rd.

@customshousemuseum @cathyhornercollageart #customshousemuseum #cathyhorner #collageart #vintageart #monkeybaby #artistsoninstagram

New to the Museum's Collection a hand-stitched quilt by Sallie French Durham. This quilt consists of 12,930 pieces and t...
08/22/2019

New to the Museum's Collection a hand-stitched quilt by Sallie French Durham. This quilt consists of 12,930 pieces and took three years to make.
-Gift of Anne Poland in Honor of Ann Anderson.

Next month the Museum will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticket holders on Saturday, September 21st as...
08/17/2019
Visit A Participating Museum For Free on 9/21/19

Next month the Museum will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticket holders on Saturday, September 21st as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s 15th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington D.C.-based museums. Visitors who download a ticket at smithsonian.com/museumday and present it on Museum Day will gain free entrance for two!

Join us for Museum Day on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

Exciting things are taking place at the Museum! We can't wait to share all the good news.
08/15/2019

Exciting things are taking place at the Museum! We can't wait to share all the good news.

Tom Malone was a former APSU art student whose creativity was evident through his paintings, drawing, sculptures, and je...
08/14/2019

Tom Malone was a former APSU art student whose creativity was evident through his paintings, drawing, sculptures, and jewelry. This portrait by the artist is part of the Museum's Collection.
-Gift of Charlsie and in memory of Tom Malone.

The Summer Opening Reception was filled with conversations and thought-provoking art.  We want to thank the exhibiting a...
08/09/2019

The Summer Opening Reception was filled with conversations and thought-provoking art. We want to thank the exhibiting artists for joining us and sharing insights about their work. The new exhibitions include Odyssey: An Exhibition of Recent Works by Paul Harmon, The Biggest and Most Important Things: A Duo Exhibition by Michelle & Aaron Grayum, and Jim Diehr: Imagined Perspectives.

The Summer Opening Reception was filled with conversations and thought-provoking art. We want to thank the exhibiting artists for joining us and sharing insights about their work. The new exhibitions include Odyssey: An Exhibition of Recent Works by Paul Harmon, The Biggest and Most Important Things: A Duo Exhibition by Michelle & Aaron Grayum, and Jim Diehr: Imagined Perspectives.

Artist Jim Diehr’s work showcases his interest in the use of symbols found inreligion and mythology. Diehr served as a...
08/07/2019

Artist Jim Diehr’s work showcases his interest in the use of symbols found in
religion and mythology. Diehr served as a college professor and administrator for many years in Kansas and Tennessee. Recently retired, Diehr is a full-time artist. This exhibit includes both paintings and sculptures
- Jim Diehr: Imagined Perspectives
- AUG 2 – SEPT 29 | JOSTONS GALLERY

Fire & Ice
08/04/2019
Fire & Ice

Fire & Ice

Customs House today for our lunch spot!12:30-2:30.Come and get your grub on!

Come on down to the @customshousemuseum for the last day of our BRING A FRIEND WEEKEND event! #FireandIce food truck is ...
08/04/2019

Come on down to the @customshousemuseum for the last day of our BRING A FRIEND WEEKEND event! #FireandIce food truck is here with a delicious menu and we have special discounts on new memberships and at Seasons the Museum Store. We’re also giving away some awesome Museum Swag Bags when you post a selfie and tag the Museum with the hashtags #nationalfriendshipday AND #chmswagbag! See you there!😎 @ Customs House Museum & Cultural Center

08/03/2019

Due to the heavy rain, the food trucks have departed, but there's still time to come in and win some sweet swag while you check out new exhibits, new membership discounts, and discounts at Seasons the Museum Store! #chmswagbag #nationalfriendshipday Customs House Museum & Cultural Center

It’s finally here! BRING A FRIEND WEEKEND! Come into the Museum today for Gray Smoke BBQ and cool off later with Kona-...
08/03/2019

It’s finally here! BRING A FRIEND WEEKEND! Come into the Museum today for Gray Smoke BBQ and cool off later with Kona-Ice. Grab a friend and enjoy special discounts, take in a workshop, and take a selfie for a chance to win an awesome Museum swag bag!!

#nationalfriendshipday #CHMswagbag #bringafriend @customshousemuseum

Hello August! Enjoy 20% off any one book purchased during this month at Seasons: The Museum Store. Come see our selectio...
08/01/2019

Hello August! Enjoy 20% off any one book purchased during this month at Seasons: The Museum Store. Come see our selection of new arrivals, books by local authors, and much more!

Did you know? Early ovens did not heat evenly, so pie birds, like this, were used to distribute heat, to allow the pie t...
07/31/2019

Did you know? Early ovens did not heat evenly, so pie birds, like this, were used to distribute heat, to allow the pie to vent steam, and prevent the center from sagging.
-Gift of Lenora Reuther.

Sign-up for a workshop taking place during the Celebrate National Friendship Day with the CHM&CC. Enjoy special discount...
07/25/2019

Sign-up for a workshop taking place during the Celebrate National Friendship Day with the CHM&CC. Enjoy special discounts at Seasons:The Museum store and 10% off new memberships.

On this day Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle reported one of the most historical moments in history. The exhibition the Eagle ...
07/21/2019

On this day Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle reported one of the most historical moments in history. The exhibition the Eagle Has Landed: Celebrating Apollo's 50th anniversary features artifacts from the Museum's Collections along with amazing dioramas by Preparator Randy Spurgeon. Visit the Museum to experience this exhibition and take a picture alongside an alien friend. Have you seen the NEW addition to the Model Train exhibit? #onthisday #space

Join us this Saturday for the Batter Up! Celebrating America’s Pastime: Baseball Panel Discussion. Commentator and his...
07/18/2019

Join us this Saturday for the Batter Up! Celebrating America’s Pastime: Baseball Panel Discussion. Commentator and historian, Phil Wood will moderate the discussion alongside two other baseball enthusiasts for an exciting and insightful conversation. Sponsored by Legends Bank.

This Saturday! Noted baseball commentator, historian, and APSU grad Phil Wood will moderate a panel discussion about America's pastime this Saturday, July 20th at 10:30am at the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center. Learn more here >> http://customshousemuseum.org/temporary-exhibits/batter-up-celebrating-americas-pastime-baseball-panel-discussion-2

What’s it Wednesday. Can you guess what this artifact was used for? Post in the comments below! #whatisitWednesday
07/17/2019

What’s it Wednesday. Can you guess what this artifact was used for? Post in the comments below! #whatisitWednesday

Today is Second Saturday Free Admission Day! For the last couple of months, we have been raffling a FREE annual Duo Fami...
07/13/2019

Today is Second Saturday Free Admission Day! For the last couple of months, we have been raffling a FREE annual Duo Family Membership. Our winners were Deborah Owens (April), Latasha Slone (May) and Leigh Anne Barrett in June. So what are you waiting for?! Visit us today for your chance to win and to experience all the great programs the CHM&CC has to offer.

Address

200 S. 2nd Street
Clarksville, TN
37040

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 13:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(931) 648-5780

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