Clarksville’s Customs House Museum December 2021 Exhibitions, Activities

The Customs Museum and Cultural CenterClarksville, Tennessee – The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is located in historic downtown Clarksville, Tennessee. Come explore an entire city block with large gallery spaces filled with art, science and history.

Some of the events in December at the Museum are Familiar: Le Petit Voyage: Little Works of Paul Harmon, Customs House Christmas Village, Noel Night, Little Explorers: Holiday Cookie Creations, Discovery Saturday! Create Christmas tree ornament, Huff & Puff Express model trains.

Customs museum exhibitions

Le Petit Voyage: Small Works of Paul Harmon
December 5 – February 6 | Harvill Gallery

This collection of small oil paintings is a tribute to the small amateur landscapes that can be found in Parisian flea markets. Paul Harmon is the recipient of many major international painting awards and his work is well represented in galleries, museums and collections around the world.

Jim Diehr: Visual songs, many verses
Until January 30 | Squatting gallery

Jim Diehr is a ceramic artist from Clarksville who works with oil, acrylic, watercolor, wood, stone and clay to create works based on life experiences. This expansive multimedia exhibit is a mix of new pieces and familiar favorites, including a new collection of cloud paintings and several whimsical sculptures.

John Guider: Travels
Until January 30 | Orgain & Bruner Galleries

In 1779, John Donelson embarked on a river voyage that would lead to the founding of Nashville. John Guider followed 240 years later, capturing contemporary images of Tennessee waters in a boat of his own making. The photographs of his trip show us where we came from and where we could go.

Customs Christmas Village
Until January 1 | Lobby

This large collection of porcelain pieces was assembled by Jimmy and Sue Drye of Clarksville and donated to the Museum by their children in their honor. A miniature train passes through the lights and moving parts of the village.

Interactions: Paintings by Judy Lavoie
Until January 2 | Jostens Gallery

A wide variety of themes inspires Judy Lavoie to paint. Interesting textures inspire her, as do delicate colorful flowers and brilliantly lit landscapes. “By exaggerating the colors, or sometimes by distorting them from reality, I aim to preserve a moment in time, by recreating the subject in my own way.”

Start your engines! A celebration of racing in Montgomery County
Until December 31 | Kimbrough, Lane of Hand and Memory

Sponsored by TriStar Beverage and MPG Transport

The Museum expands its Challenge and Champions with this multi-gallery exhibit showcasing Montgomery County’s auto racing history and the local legends that shaped the sport. Start your engines! highlights racing cars, artwork, historical memorabilia and video footage of personal stories of locals who established motor racing in the region.

Customs museum events

Christmas night
December 2, 5:00 p.m.–20h00 | Free event

Celebrate the holidays with fun and special discounts at Seasons: The Museum Store! Enjoy holiday treats, shows, a take-out activity, F&M Bank Huff & Puff Express model trains and a very special guest from the North Pole. Receive 15% off your entire purchase; members get a 25% discount.

Museum programs

Little Explorers: Holiday Cookie Creations
December 3, 10, 17 meeting between 10:30 am-12:30pm
From 2 to 5 years old, with an adult

Free with membership or paid entry | Hudson classroom

Have fun making all kinds of cookie shapes with Play-Doh and party cookie cutters. Create and take home a giant cookie tree that you can decorate with holiday stickers, gems, glitter, and other festive adornments.

* All parents must participate and supervise their children. Activities may include items that pose a choking hazard.

Saturday discovery! Create a holiday tree ornament
December 4 and 18, meeting between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Kindergarten and up, with adult

Free with membership or paid entry | Family art studio

Get into the holiday spirit by creating and decorating a tree ornament using Model Magic plasticine and all kinds of festive decorations, like holiday stickers, gems, glitter and candy. glittering ribbons.

* All parents must participate and supervise their children.

Screening of the film “Voyage of Adventure” with John Guider and Jeff Sellers
December 5, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Free with membership or paid entry | Geraldine Brame Turner Auditorium

Join exhibiting artist John Guider and Tennessee State Museum Director of Education Jeff Sellers for a special screening of the NPT documentary Adventure Travel: Tracing Donelson’s Journey. An open question-and-answer session will follow the film.

Museum Discovery Quest
Free with membership or paid entry | Developed for school-aged children
Take It N ‘Make It free activity

Explore the museum’s exhibits with your family in creative ways with Museum Discovery Quests – fun, self-guided “treasure hunts” that pique children’s curiosity and capture their attention. There are several different themes on offer, and all include a free Take It N ‘Make It activity kit for kids to do a fun project at home. Sign up for a Perks Pass to win a free Seasons: The Museum Store prize after completing three quests.

Huff & Puff Express Model Trains
Exhibition open every day | Volunteer members of the train crew run trains
Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Enjoy one of the region’s largest model railroad networks with a miniature castle, UFO, and scenic landscape. Interact with the miniature world by moving automobiles and flying helicopters. The model train exhibit is open daily and the themes change with each season.

Seasons: the museum shop

Holiday Sale
Offer valid until December 24, 2021

Find special gifts and Christmas stockings at Seasons: The Museum Store! Receive 15% off your entire purchase; members get a 25% discount. Spend $ 100.00 or more and receive a free CHMCC 2021 decoration.

Closure of the museum

Landing of the explorers
Reopening January 2022

Explorers Landing is closed for renovations. It will reopen in January 2022. Children’s play items will be available at the Coca-Cola Café while Explorers Landing is closed. The Family Art Studio will remain open during this time and children’s programs will also continue.


The Museum will be closed on Saturday December 25 to celebrate Christmas.

New Years Day

The Museum will be closed on Saturday January 1 for New Year’s Day.

About the Customs Museum

Customs museum and cultural centerLocated in the heart of historic downtown Clarksville, Tennessee, the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is the second largest general museum in the state. The original part of the building was built in 1898 as a US post office and customs office for the thriving 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 area’s best hands-on activities and special events… people of all ages agree – the Customs House Museum is well worth a visit!

The Explorer’s Gallery is packed with fun, learning, and whimsy in Aunt Alice’s attic, McGregor’s Market and Kitchen, and of course, the Bubble Cave! Finally, get on board to see our fantastic model trains. Our volunteer engineers “roll on the rails” every Sunday afternoon from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Normal museum hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday. Admission for adults is $ 7.00, seniors and college IDs $ 5.00, 6-18 year olds $ 3.00 and under six 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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