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Clarksville’s Customs House Museum June 2016 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 June at the Museum are: Carol LeBaron: Life Source, Cumberland River – An American Legacy, Taking a Look at Cave Johnson, Landscape photography by local artist Carl Papenfuss, and Flying High Dinner & Auction.

Landscape photography by local artist Carl Papenfuss
Landscape photography by local artist Carl Papenfuss


Working the Spirit Close to Home: The Portraits of William Stamms Shackelford
May 11th – July 31st

The Portraits of William Stamms Shackelford
The Portraits of William Stamms Shackelford

This gathering of 19th century paintings by William Stamms Schackelford showcases his unique depictions of various people, including portraits of the Clarksville Shackelford family. Sponsored in part by Tennessee State Museum and Austin Peay Department of Art & Design.

Carol LeBaron: Life Source
May 5th – July 31st

Tennessee artist Carol LeBaron’s fine art textiles transform remembered light to imagery, collecting fragments from both the landscape of her remembered experience and observation of natural forms.

Cumberland River – An American Legacy
May 5th – July 31st

Morning Challenge - Elk at LBL. (Larry R. Richardson)
Morning Challenge – Elk at LBL. (Larry R. Richardson)

This series of plein air paintings by Larry Richardson explore the Cumberland River. Sponsored in part by Legends Bank.

Taking a Look at Cave Johnson
May 11th – July 31st

Take a closer look at the life of Clarksvillian Cave Johnson. Johnson was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1828, and later served as president of the Bank of Tennessee from 1854 to 1860. He was also a close friend and advisor to James K. Polk during his successful presidential campaign.

The Photography of Carl Papenfuss
June 1st – June 30th

Landscape photography by local artist Carl Papenfuss.

Leisure Time
May 5th – August 7th

Leisure Time
Leisure Time

This exhibit explores the theme of hunting, fishing, and other outdoor leisure activities in the area with objects from the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center’s permanent collection.


Flying High Dinner & Auction
Saturday, June 4th, 5:00pm at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center

Flying High is the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center’s preeminent fundraiser of the year, supporting educational and exhibit programming of the Museum. This year’s theme is An Evening in Paris! There is a silent auction at 5:00pm, with dinner at 7:00pm followed by the live auction at 8:30pm.

Music and dancing concludes the evening. Bid during the live auction for your chance to win a trip to Paris. Tickets to this event are $125.00 for Museum members, and $175.00 for non-members.

To purchase tickets, please call 931.648.5780 or buy online at https://flying-high-2016.eventbrite.com

Art & Lunch: Larry Richardson Gallery Talk
Thursday, June 23rd, 12:15pm

Artist, naturalist, and writer Larry Richardson discusses his work in the exhibit Cumberland River: An American Legacy. Admission is free.

Children’s Summer Camp: Explorers’ Camp
July 12th – 15th. Registration opens June 1st.

Explorers’ Camp is a half-day summer camp filled with exciting and educational activities for children ages 7-10. Each day our education staff will provide several exciting activities on a variety of themes combined with tours of the museum. All camp activities are a fun blend of science, engineering, art and history, allowing kids to explore, learn, create, and play!

Children must be registered in advance to attend Explorers’ Camp. Reserve your child’s spot now before they’re all gone! Registration opens June 1st. Cost is $40.00 for Museum Members and $50.00 for non-members, due at time of registration.

For more information, contact Chrysalis Cantrell at 931.648.5780 or

New this Summer – “What’s in the Big Box?”
Tuesdays & Thursdays in June; 10:15am – 11:15am and 2:00pm – 3:30pm.

Join Ms. Sue & Theodore Tiggwelder in the Children’s Art Room for this serendipitous experience! You don’t have to be a child to enjoy this! Drop in at your leisure.

Here are just a few things that will show up sometime this month: a boomerang, a rock signed by Marty Stuart, a cannon ball, a wind-up hippopotamus, a giant red lizard, the Georgia Big Chicken, Ms. Sue’s baby bracelet, and every time, a book or two from Ms. Sue’s collection of 1,500 picture books! These are all objects you can actually touch!

“Try This”
The Children’s Art Room is Open Daily!

“Try This”, a new art experience, will feature such things as making collages, sculpting paper, illustrating a song or poem, comparing how different artists draw trees, and many more. There will be a new “Try This” each week, Tuesday – Sunday. This experience can be enjoyed by all ages.

All activities are free with your museum membership. Non-members pay regular admission fees. For more information contact Ms. Sue at or 931.648.5780.


The Customs House Museum & Cultural Center will be closed Saturday, June 4th and Sunday, June 5th for our Flying High fundraiser. We will also be closed Sunday, June 19th for Father’s 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. The original portion of the building was constructed in 1898 as a U.S. Post Office and Customs House for the flourishing tobacco trade. Incorporating a number of architectural styles, the original structure is one of the most photographed buildings in the region.

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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