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Clarksville’s Customs House Museum December 2014 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.

Some of the events in December at the Museum are: My Kingdom for a Horse, Battle of the Bulge: An Overview, Eric L Hansen: Blood Rescue, Noel Night, Miranda Herrick Book Signing, and Let’s Find: Toys..

The Horse As Muse
The Horse As Muse


My Kingdom for a Horse – Sponsored in Part by Jill Crow, TN State Museum, West Tennessee Regional Art Center

Eric L Hansen: Blood Rescue – Sponsored in part by Legends Bank

The Horse as Muse: Members of the American Academy of Equine Art

The Tennessee Walking Horse

Anthony Scarlati: Paper Mustangs

Guy Bozard: Horse of Wood

Giddy-Up: Toy Horses from the Collection

Ole Bill’s Tack Shop


Noel Night
Thursday, December 4th, 5:30pm-8:00pm

Celebrate the holidays during First Thursday Art Walk with Seasons: The Museum Store! Meet some of our local artists at this annual event. Enjoy light refreshments and special sales throughout the store. Live music will be provided by Darrin Hoffman and Company. Find unique gifts for everyone on your list. We specialize in local and regional artisans. Seasons offers free gift wrapping with any purchase! Support the Customs House Museum and shop local!

Miranda Herrick Book Signing
Thursday, December 11th, 5:30pm

Join artist Miranda Herrick as she signs copies of her new book Works and Days: A Daily Drawing Series by Miranda Herrick. The book is available for purchase at Seasons: The Museum Store, which will remain open for the event. Light refreshments will be served.

Family Fun Day: National Day of the Horse
Saturday, December 13th, 10:00am–4:00pm

Celebrate the National Day of the Horse during our monthly Free Admission Saturday! Artist Eric Hansen and a live horse from his exhibit Eric L Hansen: Blood Rescue will be in the courtyard from 10:30pm–12:00pm.

Activities in the Children’s Room will pay tribute to this remarkable animal that has carried our mail, plowed our fields, transported our ancestors, carried our goods, and even died on the battlefield while serving our country.

December in the Children’s Room: Let it Snow!
Open 10:00am–5:00pm, Tuesday – Saturday

The Children’s Room provides exhibit-related, hands-on learning experiences for families. There are books to read, puzzles to complete, puppets to pretend with, crafts to make, art to enjoy, objects to examine, and things to try. Activities vary weekly.

Here are some places to find “snow” in the museum – the ice on Mt. Everest in the Hand Gallery, the snow in the Boehm porcelain birds and flowers collection, and of course lots of the pretty white stuff in the model train exhibit.

The day after Christmas, Ms. Sue will be reading winter stories 10:00am–10:30am and 2:00pm–2:30pm. The model trains will run 10:30am–12:30pm and 2:30pm–3:30 pm.

All activities are free with your museum membership or paid admission. Bundle up and come for a visit! For more information, contact Ms. Sue.

Let’s Find: Toys
For Children 2 – 5 years old & their adults
December 16th and 17th
10:30am – 11:30am

What did children in the “olden days” play with? Join us as we look for the answer. We will also read a story, make a craft, and play with the best educational toy ever! Siblings are always welcome!

Voices of the Bulge: WWII Stories from Those Who Were There

This December marks the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, the major German offensive on the western front. Learn more about this historic battle by attending several seminars throughout Clarksville this winter.

Battle of the Bulge: An Overview
Friday, December 19th, 6:00pm
Customs House Museum’s Turner Auditorium
Free Admission

The Customs House Museum kicks off Voices of the Bulge: WWII Stories from Those Who Were There with selected speakers in the Turner Auditorium.

Scheduled to appear

Mr. Michael Freeland of Hopkinsville, KY, veteran of the 82nd Airborne Division, and author of Blood River to Berlin: The World War II Journal of an Army Medic, Time and the River: A Memoir, and To Teach To Love: Reflections Past and Present

Greg Biggs, military historian presents Wacht Am Rhein: The German Army in the Battle of the Bulge

William Parker, Austin Peay State University presents The American Army in Late 1944

The Museum will be closed December 24th and 25th for Christmas, and January 1st for New Years Day.

About the Customs House Museum

Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterLocated 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, 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


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