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Custom House Museum December 2012 Exhibits and Activities

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

In the month of December, the Museum will feature The Passion of Kitty Harvill, Denton Ridge: Mountains to Coasts, Main Street: A Vintage Holiday, Family Fun Day: Discovering Christmas Past and so much more.


The Passion of Kitty Harvill
Clarksville artist Kitty Harvill paints watercolors of exotic birds. Having dual residency in both the states and Brazil, Harvill divides her time between the two countries, currently specializing in wildlife art and specifically endangered species. See her art through January 14th.

Denton Ridge: Mountains to Coasts
A variety of landscapes are depicted in this watercolor exhibit by artist Denton Ridge. Through January 7th.

Main Street: A Vintage Holiday
Items from the Museum’s collection are set as vintage storefronts for the holiday season. Through January 14th.

Beyond the Abyss: Phil Crouch and the Bathysphere Adventure
See photographs, drawings, models, and documents relating to the historic bathysphere, a spherical device used by divers to study marine life in the 1930s. Through February.

Civil Conundrum
Robert McCurley’s photographs represent the sadness, loneliness and death associated with the events of the Civil War. The poems that Civil Conundrum inspired will also be on display. Through January 28th.


Family Fun Day: Discovering Christmas Past

December 9th, 1:00pm–5:00pm
Did you know that most Christmas ornaments were once made of glass, that candles were used on Christmas trees instead of electric lights, and in 1900 it cost only 2 cents to mail a Christmas card? Join us as we discover Christmas Past and make some decorations of our own. This event is free will your paid admission or museum membership. For more information contact Sue Lewis at 931.648.5780.

Let’s Find: Snow

December 12th & 13th, 10:30am–11:30am
Children 3 – 5 years old and their grown-ups are invited to explore the museum from a child’s perspective. Put on your coats and come take a walk with Ms. Sue as we enjoy some snowy places in the Kimbrough Gallery. We will also make snowmen and find out what they do at night. This activity is free to museum members. Non-members pay the regular adult admission of $7.00, plus $1.00 per child 3 years and older. Siblings are always welcome.

Art & Lunch: Winslow Homer: The Nature of the Artist

December 6th, 12:15pm. Free Admission (to film only)
Art historian John Wilmerding discusses the development of the art of American painter Winslow Homer (1836-1910): the early illustrations of the Civil War, picturesque scenes in the country and at the shore, and powerful images of nature that characterize his mature work. This film shows places identified with his life and work. Bagged lunches welcome. In conjunction with the exhibit Denton Ridge: Mountains to Coasts

The Museum will be closed December 24th and 25th for the Christmas holiday.

About the Customs House Museum

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 www.customshousemuseum.org


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