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Clarksville’s Customs House Museum October 2015 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 October at the Museum are: Patterns of History: Quilts from the Collection, Rebellion & Roar: The 1920s, Carla Ciuffo: Girl with a Scar, Celebrating 95 Years of Clarksville Kiwanis, and Raeanne Rubenstein: Sky Portraits.

Patterns of History: Quilts from the Collection
Patterns of History: Quilts from the Collection


Carla Ciuffo: Girl with a Scar
October 1st – November 1st

A scar reminds us of what we’ve been, how we’ve changed, and how we’ve started over. This photography series by Nashville artist Carla Ciuffo depicts the healing of one of these wounded. It is an interpretation of uplifting beauty, courageous strength, and a salute to our unique will to survive. Sponsored in part by Nashville Arts Magazine.

Carla Ciuffo- Break Through
Carla Ciuffo- Break Through

Patterns of History: Quilts from the Collection
October 9th – January 31st

Quilts became a popular bed cover in the early 19th century when the power loom was introduced to the United States in 1814. See a variety of quilts out of the past from the museum collection. Sponsored in part by Legends Bank

Rebellion & Roar: The 1920s
October 1st – November 1st

Experience the glamour of the Roaring Twenties with costumes, art, and artifacts from the museum collection.

Celebrating 95 Years of Clarksville Kiwanis
October 6th – November 29th

Celebrate 95 years of history and artifacts of the Kiwanis in Clarksville.

Celebrating 95 Years of Clarksville Kiwanis
Celebrating 95 Years of Clarksville Kiwanis

Raeanne Rubenstein: Sky Portraits
Through October 25th

Rubenstein made her name in New York City shooting celebrities such as John Lennon, Muhammad Ali, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Mick Jagger, The Beatles, and Andy Warhol. This photography exhibit explores the beauty of the earth’s sky.

Raeanne Rubenstein: Sky Portraits
Raeanne Rubenstein: Sky Portraits


October First Thursday Art Walk
October 1st, 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Join us for the First Thursday Art Walk on October 1st. The museum will be open with free admission from 5:00pm – 8:00pm. Artist Raeanne Rubenstein will be discussing her newest photography series in the exhibit Raeanne Rubenstein: Sky Portraits, on display at the museum through October 25th.

Art & Lunch Program: Vickie Vipperman
Wednesday, October 7th, 12:15pm – 12:45pm

In Conjunction with American Craft Week, Tennessee Artist Vickie Vipperman will demonstrate her craft of hand-weaving fabrics. Free admission to program. Bagged lunches welcome.

Fall Break Activities
October 13th – 16th, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Join Ms. Sue in the Children’s Room as we explore art-related careers through hands-on activities, information about education requirements, and examples of works produced by each profession.

  • Tuesday – Cartoons and Illustrations
  • Wednesday – Automobile, Clothing, and Greeting Card Design
  • Thursday – Architecture
  • Friday – Advertising

The model trains will also run each day: 10:45am – 11:15am and 2:30pm – 3:30pm.

Conversations with Ms. Sue and Spencer
October 7th, 21st, and 29th, 10:00am – 11:30am

Ms. Sue’s friend, Spencer, the one-legged bear, is excited about living at the museum. He is looking forward to meeting all the boys and girls who visit the museum. Please join him and Ms. Sue anytime between 10 & 11:30 a.m. for fun things to make, do, and talk about. All ages welcome.

Family Day: Look! Up in the Sky!
October 10th, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Enjoy Raeanne Rubenstein’s amazing sky photos in the Orgain Gallery and then join us in the Children’s Room for hands-on activities about all kinds of flying things.

One Frightful Night at the Museum
Saturday, October 31st, 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Make a stop at the museum during the city’s One Frightful Night event. We will have bubbles and chalk out in the courtyard, along with a Halloween craft to do inside with Ms. Sue. Activities are free!

All activities are free with your museum membership or paid admission. All ages are welcome! For more information, contact Ms. Sue at 931.648.5780 or

The museum will be closed Monday, October 12th for Columbus 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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