Clarksville, TN Online: News, Opinion, Arts & Entertainment.

Clarksville’s Customs House Museum April 2019 Exhibits and Activities


Clarksville’s Customs House Museum

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 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.

Art 4 Us: Free Art Workshops for High School & College Students at the Customs House Museum.

Customs House Museum Exhibits

H.N. James: The Urban Goddesses
Through April 14th | Lobby

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
Through April 28th | Harvill Gallery

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
Through April 28th | Jostens Gallery

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
Through April 28th | Orgain/Bruner Galleries

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
Through May 5th | Crouch Gallery

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.

First Responders
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
Through June 9th | Kimbrough Gallery

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!
April 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th | Explorers’ Landing
Drop-in between 10:30am–11:30am | Ages 2-5, with an adult caretaker

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
Saturday, April 6th & 20th | Family Art Studio
Drop-in between 2:00pm–4:00pm | Grades K-6th, with an adult caretaker

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
Saturday, April 13th, 2019 | Kimbrough Gallery
Drop-in between 10:30am–12:00pm | All welcome

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
April 28th | Family Art Studio
Drop in anytime, 1:00pm–4:00pm | Free with paid admission or membership

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
High School Workshops: April 7th & 28th | 2:00pm–4:00pm
College Workshops: April 4th & 25th | 5:00pm–7:00pm
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.

A painting and a sculpting class for college students will be held from 5:00pm–7:00pm on Thursday, April 4th. Students may sign up for either class. The painting and sculpting classes for high school students will be held from 2:00pm–4:00pm on Sunday, April 7th.

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
Thursday, April 4th | 5:00pm-7:00pm
The Museum is open to the public with free admission as part of Downtown Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk.

Second Saturday Free Admission Day
Saturday, April 13th | 10:00am-5:00pm

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.

Pottery Sale
During the month of April enjoy 15% off all pottery in store. Choose from locally and regionally crafted mugs, bowls, vases, and more. Members enjoy an extra 10% off


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




, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


You must be logged in to post a comment.

  • Visit Us On FacebookVisit Us On TwitterVisit Us On PinterestVisit Us On YoutubeCheck Our FeedVisit Us On Instagram
  • Personal Controls