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Clarksville’s Customs House Museum September 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 September at the Museum are: Nina Covington: Explorations, Plane Clarksville, Women Painting Women, Tammy O’Connor: Hand Shadows, Olen Bryant: Tennessee Treasure, and Second Saturday Free Admission Day: Pokemon Party.

Nina Covington

Nina Covington


Nina Covington: Explorations
September 1st – October 2nd

Photographer and art model Nina Covington presents a series of 12 mixed media pieces. Her images on 20×30 canvas are painted on with acrylic paint and gel, and explore the technique of long exposures.

Frank Adkins

Frank Adkins

Plane Clarksville
September 14th – November 27th

Learn the local story of Frank Adkins, U.S. Army Air Forces ACE, credited with shooting down 5 enemy aircraft in aerial combat during World War II.

Objects from the museum collection will be on display, including model planes and medals.

Annual Staff Art Exhibition
August 2nd – October 2nd

See art in a variety of mediums created by the staff of the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center.

Women Painting Women
August 5th – October 23rd

The Belgian by Tonja Sell

The Belgian by Tonja Sell

Women Painting Women promotes the work of contemporary female artists working in the figurative tradition who focus on women as their subject matter. This exhibition features nine artists from Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin.

Tammy O’Connor: Hand Shadows
August 8th – October 23rd

This body of work by Tammy O’Connor is comprised of whimsical characters created with glass and shadows. The project is reminiscent of the many storytelling moments the artist experienced as a child with her family.

Olen Bryant: Tennessee Treasure
August 11th – October 16th

Olen Bryant - Untitled Angel

Olen Bryant – Untitled Angel

Sponsored in part by Planters Bank
Art by well-known local artist Olen Bryant will be on display. The exhibit features sculptures from the CHM&CC Permanent Collection as well as additional work on loan from other sources. Working in clay, wood and stone, Bryant creates masterful figures that are stylized, bold, timeless, totemic, authoritative, introspective and, at the same time, consoling.

Eric Hansen: Dollhouses from the Collection
August 16th – October 23rd

The series of dollhouse photographs on aluminum by the award-winning photographer Eric Hansen are on exhibit.


First Thursday Art Walk: Nina Covington
Thursday, September 1st, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Photographer and art model Nina Covington presents a series of 12 mixed media pieces. Her images on 20×30 canvas are painted on with acrylic paint and gel, and explore the technique of long exposures. Nina Covington will be present at the museum during downtown Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk from 5:00pm – 7:00pm to answer questions and discuss her work.

Second Saturday Free Admission Day: Pokemon Party

Saturday, September 10th, 2:00pm – 5:00pm.

All ages are invited to put a smile on their Meowth with our Pokemon Party! We will be having all sorts of Pokemon fun and games, including crafts, Togepi Egg Carry, Agility Course, and a Pokemon Sound Alike Contest (with prizes).

See what kind of Pokemon you can catch around the museum with Pokemon Go; then see if you can beat our gym. Admission is free all day from 10:00am – 5:00pm as part of our Second Saturday Free Admission Day.

Family Free Day: Let’s Make Faces
Saturday, September 10th, 10:00am – 4:30pm.

Take a mini scavenger hunt tour of the exhibit, Olen Bryant: Tennessee Treasure. What kind of bird is included in this collection of the artist’s works? Visit the Children’s Art Room. From a variety of materials, create some unusual faces of your family. Admission is free all day from 10:00am – 5:00pm as part of our Second Saturday Free Admission Day.

Art for Young Children: Making Collages
September 14th & 15th, 10:15am – 10:45am

Join Ms. Sue in the Children’s Art Room for this guided art experience that incorporates the basic elements of art used by professionals and beginners alike. Recommended for children 2 – 5 years old and their adults.

This month’s activity highlights the collage illustrations of Eric Carle, author and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Your young artist will use cutting, tearing, and gluing in the creation of his/her own collage masterpiece. Look for a new activity the second Wednesday and Thursday of every month through May 2017.

Collectors’ Day for Grandparents & Grandchildren
September 11th – Grandparents’ Day, 2:00pm – 2:30pm

Join Ms. Sue in the Turner Auditorium for this “Show & Tell” event that features her brick, bear, and book collections, as well items from the former Soviet Union.

Brian Lewis’s collection of 1980s Star War action figures will be included in this “Please Touch” activity.

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 and Cultural Center will be closed Monday, September 5th for Labor 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




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