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Clarksville’s Customs House Museum December 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 December at the Museum are: Barry Motes: Relationships, Christmas Town, Cut: An Invitational Exhibition, Tennessee Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition, “Her Honeybunch Sweetie Pie is Gone” and Free Saturday Family Day.

Barry Motes - Homeland Security
Barry Motes – Homeland Security


Surroundings: The Art of Darryl Steele
October 20th – January 2nd

Darryl Steele
Darryl Steele

Nashville, Tennessee artist Darryl Steele depicts landscapes, birds, and other wildlife. His work is a showcase of mediums and methods, working in oil, watercolor, gouache, acrylic, and pencil, often striving to incorporate the qualities of one medium into the other. It has been included in many private and public collections around the world, including the collections of The Opryland Hotel, Vanderbilt University, and Nissan Corporation.

Anton Weiss: Reaching for Infinity
October 27th – January 4th

Anton Weiss: Reaching for Infinity
Anton Weiss: Reaching for Infinity

Anton Weiss was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. His family moved to Springfield, Tennessee after World War II, and then to Nashville. His abstract expressionistic art has influenced many and is in several collections. Anton Weiss was heavily involved in the regional arts scene beginning in the 1960s.

He was director of the art department at Watkins and helped with the creation of the Tennessee Art League and Tennessee Watercolor Society. Anton continues to paint from his studio in Nashville.

Barry Motes: Relationships
December 1st – 30th

Work by artist Barry Motes is on display in the Peg Harvill Gallery. His often surrealistic art investigates spiritual themes and their relationship to the physical world. Barry Motes is a professor of art, and head of the fine arts department, at Jefferson Community and Technical School in Louisville, Kentucky.

Christmas Town
November 15th – January 22nd

Hundreds of porcelain pieces recently donated by the Drye family make up a large display for Christmas Town! There are moving parts and lights, and even a model train making its way through the village.

Cut: An Invitational Exhibition
November 4th – January 16th

This exhibit features work by several artists, all of whom cut materials such as paper, fabric, and aluminum to create their art.

120th Anniversary of Lui Heimansohn
October 1st – January 5th

Heimansohn Steel and Salvage is a full service steel and scrap metal business located in Clarksville, Tennessee. Explore 120 years of their history in The Leaf Chronicle Lobby.

Tennessee Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition
December 1st – February 3rd

A selection of the juried works from the 35th Biennial Exhibition makes its way across Tennessee as a traveling exhibit. The Customs House Museum & Cultural Center is the last stop, making this your last chance to see this gathering of watercolor work.

“Her Honeybunch Sweetie Pie is Gone”
December 6th – March 12th

This multimedia exhibit is a visualization of the poem by Stellasue Lee, depicting the tale of a cat’s reaction to her owner’s absence. Stellasue Lee received her Ph.D. from Honolulu University. Now Editor Emeritus at RATTLE, a literary journal, she previously served on the editorial board at Curbstone Press. She lives in East Nashville, TN with her husband artist Eric L Hansen and their two cats, Caylie and Tennyson.


Noel Night at Seasons: The Museum Store
Thursday, December 1st, 5:00pm – 8:00pm

2016 Noel Night

Noel Night is an annual event featuring special sales and light refreshments to celebrate the holidays. Seasons specializes in local and regional artisans, featuring merchandise such as jewelry, pottery, art, toys, and other unique gifts. This year live holiday music will be performed by the Northwest High School Choir. Enjoy free gift wrapping and two holiday greeting card printing stations with an exclusive design by the APSU Goldsmith Press.

Spend $100.00 or more at Noel Night and receive a FREE 2016 Customs House Museum & Cultural Center Christmas ornament! Purchases made at Seasons: The Museum Store help support the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center.


Free Saturday Family Day  
Saturday, December 10th

Enjoy free admission all day from 10:00am – 5:00pm as part of our Second Saturday Free Admission Day! We will have special activities throughout the day.

10:15am and 2:15pm – Listen to some Christmas stories in the Turner Auditorium, featuring the original Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, written for the Montgomery Ward Co. in 1939 by Robert L. May and illustrated by Denver Gillen.

10:30am – 11:30am & 2:30pm – 3:30pm – Watch the Snowflake Special model trains run

10:00am – 5:00pm – Make an ornament to take home and one to decorate our Christmas tree.

10:00am – 5:00pm – Make a Christmas Pickle ornament to take home and one to decorate our Christmas tree.

1:00pm – 4:00pm – Visit artist Anton Weiss for a meet and greet in the galleries
Christmas Cookie Decorating
December 11th, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Decorate (and eat) your own holiday sugar cookies in the Coca Cola Café. Activity is free with price of admission or museum membership. Supplies are limited and will be first come, first serve.

Art & Lunch: Darryl Steele
December 14th, 12:15pm

Artist Darryl Steele will be demonstrating his art in the galleries. Admission to this event is free. In conjunction with the exhibition Surroundings: The Art of Darryl Steele.

December 20th, 21st, & 22nd: School’s Out Specials

Drop in at your leisure to enjoy the following activities.

10:00am – 10:30am – Listen to some Christmas stories in the Turner Auditorium
10:30am – 11:00am – Watch the Snowflake Special model trains run
11:00am – 11:30am – Play with Ms. Sue’s vintage toys in the Children’s Art Room

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 Saturday, December 24th and Sunday, December 25th for the Christmas Holiday, as well as Saturday, December 31st and Sunday, January 1st 2017 in observance of the New Year.

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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