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Customs House Museum & Cultural Center receives Southeastern Museums Conference Awards

Customs House Museum & Cultural CenterClarksville, TN – The Customs House Museum & Cultural Center is the recent recipient of multiple awards in 2021 from the Southeastern Museums Conference. Through the hardships of this past year, the Museum has been steadfast in working to improve the Museum experience for all its constituents through new programs, innovative events, and improved visitor experience.

The SEMC awards come from two categories — Technology and Publication Design. The Technology Competition recognizes excellence in the use of technology and winning entries demonstrate innovation, effective design, accessibility, creativity, and recognition of institutional identity. The Publications Design Competition encourages communication, effective design, creativity, pride of work, and recognition of institutional image and identity. Museum publications play a vital role in the institution’s educational mission as they document exhibitions and collections through high-quality design and production.

Customs House Museum Executive Director Frank Lott commented, “It is always an honor to be recognized by a sanctioning organization such as SEMC that is composed of peer institutions throughout the southeastern United States. This means that we are considered leaders in our effort to bring meaningful and innovative programs to our audiences. It’s highly motivating for our staff to receive these awards.”

Museum Discovery Quest
Museum Discovery Quest

The Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) is an association of museums, museum staff, independent professionals, and corporate partners. It serves as the major regional networking organization for museums and their staff in the southeastern states.

The Museum also received other significant awards this past year from the Tennessee Association of Museums (TAM) and the national Museum Store Association (MSA). The Museum is pleased to showcase the Clarksville-Montgomery County community to both regional and national audiences.

 Awards from the Southeastern Museums Conference 2021

  • Gold Award for Publication Design for Campaign – Museum Discovery Quest
  • Silver Award for Publication Design of Posters – Jazz in June
  • Silver Award for Technology for Campaign – Grand Illumination Fundraiser
  • Honorable Mention Award for Gallery Installations – In-Museum Digital Screens

Recent Awards from the Tennessee Association of Museums

  • Award of Excellence for Blockbuster Exhibit – 25th Anniversary of the Lucy Dunwody Boehm Porcelain Collection
  • Award of Excellence for Audio Visual Film/Documentary – Huff & Puff Model Trains Exhibit Tour
  • Award of Excellence for Educational Programming – Museum Discovery Quest
  • Award of Commendation for Special Event – Grand Illumination Fundraiser

Recognition from the national Museum Store Association

  • Best Pop-Up Store or Special Event – Noel Night 2020

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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