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.
Some of the events in November at the Museum are:Patterns of History: Quilts from the Collection, Thomas Spake: Fragile Illumination, Surroundings: The Art of Frank Baggett, Elizabeth Sanford: Inside the Understory, and The Children’s Room: Art & Craft Supplies.
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
Thomas Spake: Fragile Illumination
November 3rd – January 10th
Thomas Spake creates hand blown glass that is unique and contemporary. Drawing inspiration from the earth, air, and sea, his work incorporates the key design elements of texture, color, pattern, light, and motion.
Surroundings: The Art of Frank Baggett
November 3rd – January 10th
Artist Frank Baggett is a Tennessean and is known nationally as a successful landscape and wildlife artist with over 40 years of experience. The love of the outdoors drew Frank into “en plein air” (painting outdoors on sight) and many of his works capture a moment in time when the lighting was “just right.”
Elizabeth Sanford: Inside the Understory
November 3rd – November 29th
Nashville artist Elizabeth Sanford tells visual fairy tales with watercolor sculptures. Her stories take place in between worlds, where the suburbs meet the remains of the forest. Sponsored in part by Nashville Arts Magazine.
Celebrating 95 Years of Clarksville Kiwanis
October 6th – November 29th
Celebrate 95 years of history and artifacts of the Kiwanis in Clarksville.
First Thursday Art Walk & Winter Open House
Thursday, November 5th, 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Enjoy new exhibits and free admission at the museum from 5:00pm – 8:00pm. Receive an extra 15% off on all purchases at Seasons: The Museum Store as part of their Winter Open House during the Art Walk.
Conversations with Ms. Sue and Spencer
November 4th – Trees & Leaves
November 12th – Quilts & Blankies (Bring yours if you would like.)
November 18th – Little Wind-up Toys
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Please join Spencer and Ms. Sue anytime between 10:00am and 11:30am for fun things to make, do, and talk about. Ms. Sue and Spencer will run the trains for you from 10:00am – 10:20am.
Family Day: Happy Birthday, Robert Fulton!
Sunday, November 14th, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Robert Fulton (1765 – 1815) was an American engineer who is credited with the development of the first successful commercial steamboat. He painted portraits and drew landscapes, and also designed the first practical submarine for Napoleon Bonaparte. Join us in the Children’s Room as we celebrate the contributions of this American inventor and look at the history of steamboats in Clarksville. There will be things to make and things to do.
The Children’s Room: Art & Craft Supplies
The Children’s Room provides children, as well as adults, the opportunity to make, design, draw, build, pretend, and read according to their interests and abilities. Look for each week’s “Try This” art idea, posted on the wall above the table of craft supplies.
Guided Group Art Activities and Mini-Tours are available Tuesday – Friday between 10:00am and 3:00pm for groups of 10 – 30 children and adults. Tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. There is no charge for museum members. Group discounts are available for non-members.
The Picture Book Club: “It’s as Easy as 1, 2, 3, A, B, C”
Monday, November 2nd, 9:30am – 10:45am
For adults only – enter at the parking lot staff door. Bring a book; bring a friend.
The museum will be closed Monday, November 9th for Veterans Day and Thursday, November 26th for Thanksgiving 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