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Clarksville’s Customs House Museum to host Wizard of Oz Exhibit sponsored by Planters Bank


Clarksville's Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterClarksville, TN – The Customs House Museum is proud to announce Planters Bank as the Title Sponsor of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, a travelling exhibit coming to the Crouch Gallery of the museum in April 2014.

Planters Bank’s generous gift will help fund this highly acclaimed, award-winning exhibit from the Great Explorations Children’s Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Wizard of Oz Exhibit coming to the Clarksville Customs House Museum April 2014

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz explores science, art and history through the pages of the literary classic written in 1900 by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W.W. Denslow.

The Customs House Museum is the only museum in Tennessee and the immediate region to present this experience to its 35,000 annual visitors.

Designed to engage and challenge guests to step into reading, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz invites visitors into large pop-up book pages that frame each section of this exhibit. Visitors learn through play with brain teaser games, role playing, dress-up, and other educational activities incorporated throughout.

Also on display will be a variety of Wizard of Oz memorabilia from the collection of John Olson, including Madame Alexander dolls, original scripts, books, autographs, and more.

“Planters Bank has always been a dedicated supporter of the Customs House, along with the arts in general in the markets we serve,” says Elizabeth McCoy, President/CEO of Planters Bank. “We’re honored and excited to have the opportunity to bring this magnificent exhibit to Clarksville. It will be a delight for all ages!”

This exhibit involves 11 sections, or “chapters,” each addressing a different element of the story, such as Dorothy’s House, Tornado, Emerald City, and Glinda’s Castle. Opportunities to sponsor these nodes as a Chapter Sponsor are still available.

For more information on sponsorship, contact Director Alan Robison at 931.648.5780.

About the Customs House Museum

Customs House Museum and Cultural Center

Customs House Museum and Cultural Center

Located in the heart of historic downtown Clarksville, Tennessee, the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is the State’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!

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, Sr. 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


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