Clarksville, 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 July, the Museum will feature Figuratively Speaking: National Juried Exhibition, Serving Abroad: Through Their Eyes by Lincoln Schatz, Greg Williamson: With the Troops, Surroundings: The Art of Janet Felts, Paul Harmon: Inner Voices, The Outsiders: Folk Art from the Hicks & Vander Elst Collections, Art & Lunch: Gallery Talk with Greg Williamson, Farms Long Ago & Farms Today, “What’s There to Eat?”, Which Came First, Chicken or Egg?, Sheep in the Meadow, Cows in the Corn and Row, Row, Row Your Boat.
Figuratively Speaking: National Juried Exhibition
Through July 13th
Artists from across the nation portray the human figure in various media, including painting, photography, sculpture, and more.
Serving Abroad: Through Their Eyes
Through September 7th
Schatz’s work will later be installed as a site-specific installation for the permanent art collection in the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Greg Williamson: With the Troops
Through August 31st
Greg Williamson is a multimedia journalist with The Leaf Chronicle. This exhibit showcases Williamson’s photography during his three weeks embedded with the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, logging many hours of flight time traveling to and from Forward Out Bases.
Surroundings: The Art of Janet Felts
July 3rd – 27th
Work by Tennessee artist Janet Felts. Her artwork is about simple pleasures in life; relationships, nature, and music inspire her as an artist.
Paul Harmon: Inner Voices
July 3rd – September 7th
International artist Paul Harmon exhibits his lyrical paintings in the Crouch Gallery. The themes of Harmon’s paintings always incorporate poetry, prose and ideas from the artist’s interests and experiences.
The Outsiders: Folk Art from the Hicks & Vander Elst Collections
July 10th – September 7th
Robert Hicks is a collector of mostly Southern Outsider Art. He was the first Tennessean to be included in Art & Antiques magazine’s Top 100 Collectors in America.
Art & Lunch: Gallery Talk with Greg Williamson
July 16th, 12:15pm
Photographer Greg Williamson will discuss his work seen in the exhibit Greg Williamson: With the Troops. Free admission to program. Bagged lunches welcome.
Farms Long Ago & Farms Today
July 3rd, 11:00am–3:00pm
We will get acquainted with what a farm is and the work it takes to get our food from the field to our tables. Did you know that long ago there were only dirt roads? Each farmer was responsible for grating the roads to keep them smooth. Come see the machine that one farmer used.
“What’s There to Eat?”
July 10th, 11:00am–3:00pm
Food is on today’s menu. We will print with it and play with it. Please come properly dressed for this possibly messy occasion. Did you know that during the Middle Ages, a slice of lemon was served with fish because it was thought it would dissolve any bones that were accidently swallowed?
Which Came First, Chicken or Egg?
July 17th, 11:00am–3:00pm
We think you’ll be crowing about these egg-citing activities as you leave, and that’s no yoke! Bring an egg-sized spoon and try your hand at a relay race. Don’t worry; you won’t get all broken up about this race. Did you know that the poem about Humpty Dumpty never mentions that he is an egg?
Sheep in the Meadow, Cows in the Corn
July 24th, 11:00am–3:00pm
Farm animals help keep us warm and healthy. Read the story “Charlie Needs a Cloak” and then make a paper weaving. Read “The Cow”, by Robert Louis Stevenson; then make a picture collage of tasty foods made from milk. Did you know that a dairy cow can produce up to 125 lbs. of saliva a day?
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
July 31st, 11:00am–3:00pm
Come meet a former sailor who served on a submarine and one of our staff who gave tours of one. We will test to see what floats – and what does not! And meet an artist who draws and paints pictures of sailing ships. Did you know that the first military submarine, built in 1775, was named the “Turtle”?
The Museum will be closed Friday, July 4th for Independence Day.
About the Customs House 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, Senior 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