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Custom House Museum May 2013 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 May, the Museum will feature Reflective: Only the Shadows Know: Darkroom Junkies, Traditions: TN Lives & Legacies, TN Waterways & the Amazing Maze, Archetypes: The Art of Diane Shaw, Celebrating 100 Years of the Foust Family Foundry, Sunday Family Fun: Construction Art and so much more.

Customs House Museum and Cultural Center
Customs House Museum and Cultural Center


Women Painting Women
In celebration of Women’s History Month, this exhibit features thirteen contemporary female artists who paint primarily figurative work. Most of these award-winning women are from Tennessee. Through May 12th.

Vintage clothing and other ladies’ items throughout several decades are on display in this Women’s History Month exhibit. Through May 20th.

TN Waterways & the Amazing Maze
The Amazing Maze is back! Explore the waterways of Tennessee while finding your way through the life-size maze. Opens May 16th.

Only the Shadows Know: Darkroom Junkies
This group of photographers produce work that relies solely on darkroom techniques.

Mike Andrews: Carvings, Castings & Constructions
Work by sculptor Mike Andrews, APSU graduate, opens May 17th.

Traditions: TN Lives & Legacies
This exhibit highlights folk artists from around the state in photographs by Dean Dixon of Nashville, TN. A companion book by the same title features 25 essays by Dr. Robert Cogswell that testify to the strength and diversity of Tennessee’s grassroots cultural life. Exhibit produced by the Tennessee Arts Commission Folklife Program. Opens May 22nd.

Archetypes: The Art of Diane Shaw
Opened May 1st

Celebrating 100 Years of the Foust Family Foundry
Opened May 3rd.


Let’s Find: Flowers

May 15th & 16th, 10:30am–11:30am
Children 3 – 5 years old and their grown-ups are invited to explore the museum from a child’s perspective. This month we will be looking for flowers. We will also read a story and make a craft. If you would like, bring a picture of a flower to plant in our picture garden. Your picture can be a photograph, drawing, or one cut from a magazine.

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.

Sunday Family Fun: Construction Art

May 19th, 1:00pm–5:00pm

Nuts and bolts and washers and screws,
Put them together, create something new.
Or paper and tubes,
They also will do.
Come visit this Sunday,
And discover the art by Mr. Andrews.

This activity is free with your paid admission or museum membership. For more information contact Sue Lewis at 931.648.5780.

The museum will be closed Sunday, May 12th for Mother’s Day and Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day.

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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