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Clarksville’s Customs House Museum
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 April at the Museum are: Twentieth Anniversary of the Tornado, Mike Andrews: A New Vision, First Responders, 15 Over 50: A Women’s History Month Exhibition, Create a Sculpture out of Soap, Meet the Artist: Marilyn Murphy.
Customs House Museum Exhibits
H.N. James: The Urban Goddesses
Tennessee portrait photographer, H.N. James exhibits a series of work interpreting figures from mythology. The artist states of her work “We live in a time when old ways of viewing women are being challenged and I am pleased to be a part of that conversation as a living woman artist.”
Bold Strokes: The Art of Sandy Spain
This Nashville artist working in acrylics is known for her strong color palette. Ms. Spain has works in private collections throughout the United States, Switzerland, Norway, Canada, Austria, and Germany.
Lynn Garwood: My View
My View features a Wisconsin artist who paints everyday objects. In 2009, Lynn Garwood closed down her sign painting business to concentrate on being an artist. Lynn’s paint of choice is acrylics. Under every painting, she paints a positive word. These words can be seen and at other times are completely painted over to be hidden.
Twentieth Anniversary of the Tornado
This retrospective showcases artifacts and local stories related to Clarksville’s 1999 Tornado. The exhibition is sponsored in part by Legends Bank.
Mike Andrews: A New Vision
A local teacher & sculptor working in wood and limestone brings his new pieces to the Crouch Gallery. Included in the show are Andrew’s figurative pieces, abstract benches, and wall-mounted forms.
Through May 12th | Memory Lane
First Responders includes artifacts and photographs from the Museum’s Collections related to Clarksville’s emergency responders, including the 1925 fire engine that was used by the Clarksville Fire Department.
15 Over 50: A Women’s History Month Exhibition
This exhibition features 15 contemporary women artists from across the country all over age 50. Works include photography, painting, and sculpture done in a variety of styles.
Programs and Events
Friday Mornings in April: Firefighters to the Rescue!
Have you seen the real 1925 fire engine in The First Responders Exhibit? Take a look, and then head on over to Explorers’ Landing for some hands-on fun. Make a Fire Engine craft out of different shapes. Explore a “fire” sensory bin; will you be able to “rescue” the animals and trees and houses within the bin?
Hands-on Activities: Create a Sculpture out of Soap
Through May 5th, the Museum is displaying wood and limestone sculptures in an exhibit called “Mike Andrews: A New Vision.” Now, YOU can create a sculpture too, in this fun and interactive drop-in program.
Using a bar of Ivory Soap, pottery tools, simple tools found around the house, and your own imagination you can turn a bar of Ivory Soap into your own “masterpiece!” Use one of the simple templates we provide, or create your own design!
Meet the Artist: Marilyn Murphy
The Customs House Museum & Cultural Center is open with free admission all day. Join us from 10:30am-12:00pm to meet the artist featured in our 15 over Fifty exhibition. Marilyn Murphy is a Professor of Art at Vanderbilt University.
Her work has been shown in more than 300 exhibitions nationally and abroad. She will discuss her approach to building a still life image and ways to use colored pencils, chalk, and graphite.
Sunday Family Fun Learning Day: Pokémon Invasion
Kyle Pajala’s interest in Pokémon began while watching the cartoon with his son in 2010. Since that time he has captured hundreds of these fascinating little beings that continue to multiply. Kyle loves to show and talk about his large collection and is always on the lookout for his next capture. He is looking forward to meeting kids and adults who share his fascination.
While in the Family Art Studio use some toilet paper tubes to create your own unique “Pokémon-like” creatures.
All ages are invited to share in the fun!
Art 4 Us: Free Art Workshops for High School & College Students
The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center will offer free art classes to high school and college students during the month of April.
The drawing and multi-media classes for college students will be held from 5:00pm–7:00pm on April 25th. The drawing and multi-media classes for high school students will be held from 2:00pm–4:00pm on April 28th.
All those who wish to attend must register at the museum at least one week before the date of the class or classes they would like to attend. A parent or guardian must register for anyone younger than 18 years old.
These classes are made possible through a generous Arts Engagement in American Communities grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This funding has allowed us to offer a series of free art-making experiences for 1st – 12th graders and college students, as well as artists’ presentations for families on our Second Saturday Free Day.
First Thursday Art Walk
Second Saturday Free Admission Day
The Museum is open to the public with free admission all day from 10:00am–5:00pm as part of our monthly Second Saturday Free Admission Day.
About the Customs House Museum
Located 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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