Clarksville’s Customs House Museum January 2022 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 great gallery spaces filled with art, science and history.

Some of the events in December at the Museum are Familiar: Celebrating Our Korean Culture, The Infirmary, New to the Museum Collection, Jim Diehr: Visual Songs; Many Verses, Interactions: Paintings by Judy Lavoie, Little Explorers: Winter Wonderland.

Customs museum exhibitions

Celebrate our Korean culture
January 7 – February 27 | Jostens Gallery

This year, February 1, marks the Lunar New Year, one of Korea’s most important traditional festivals. Share the celebrations and view cultural items like clothing, instruments and more.

The infirmary
January 11 – April 17 | Lobby

Dr. Robert T. Burt was a trained surgeon who opened Clarksville’s first hospital in 1906. He performed over 300 operations a year, including Caesarean sections long before they became standard practice. This exhibit features photographs and other artifacts that tell the story of Dr. Burt and his colleagues at the Home Infirmary.

New in the museum collection
January 11 – February 20 | Kimbrough Gallery

The Customs House Museum & Cultural Center is home to over 21,000 artifacts, documents, photographs and works of art. Come see a variety of recent additions to our collection!

Le Petit Voyage: Small Works of Paul Harmon
Until 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 numerous 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 23 | 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. Fight your way 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 distorting them from reality, I aim to preserve a moment in time, by recreating the subject in my own way.”

Museum events

First Thursday artistic walk
January 6, 5:00 p.m.-20: 00

The museum will have free entry on the first Thursday Art Walk Clarksville from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Kicking off the lunar new year
January 15, 11:00 a.m.

Kick off the Lunar New Year with the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center and Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts. Celebrate with drum dancers, Korean history and traditional cuisine. Don’t forget to also visit the Celebrate our Korean culture exhibition at the Jostens Gallery of the Museum.

Museum programs

Little explorers: Winter Wonderland
January 7, 14 and 21, meeting between 10:30 am-12:30pm
From 2 to 5 years old, with an adult

Free with membership or paid entry | Hudson classroom

Play in the snow with polar animals, create a blizzard in a jar, throw snowballs at a snowman and make a giant snowflake to take home.

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

Saturday discovery!
January 8 and 22, 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

Investigate, create, discover! Children and adults alike will enjoy sharing the experiences offered in this “hands-on and mental” program that explores a variety of topics related to science, art and exhibitions.

* All parents must participate and supervise their children.

Family Art Saturday: Meet the Painters
January 29, meeting between 10h00-12h00 and 14h00-16h00
3 years and over, with adult

Free with membership or paid entry | Family art studio

Some people paint pictures; others paint the walls. Meet the painters who worked on the walls of the newly renovated Explorers Landing as they show how they did it and indulge yourself – your arms will practice with the long handled roller! Use rollers, paint, and brushes on cardboard to create a masterpiece. Please wear appropriate clothing; all paint is washable, but some may stain.

* All parents must participate and supervise their children.

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 a creative way with Museum Discovery Quests – entertaining, 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.

F&M Bank Huff & Puff Express Model Trains
Exhibition open every day | Volunteer train crew members drive 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 largest model railroad networks in the region 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

25% off all holiday merchandise
Offer expires January 15, 2022

Get a head start for next year – refuel and save on gifts, cards and more! No other discounts apply.

Closure of the museum

Landing of the explorers
Reopening January 2022

The fully renovated Explorers Landing will reopen this month! Stay tuned to the Museum’s website for the announcement of the grand official reopening.

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 the United States post office and customs office 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 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 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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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