Clarksville’s Customs House Museum August 2022 Exhibitions, Activities – Clarksville Online | Candle Made Easy

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

August events at the museum include Bold Expressions: Illumination: The Art of Dr. John Stanton, Thomas Adams: Pen & Inks from the Collection, 4th Annual Cohen Clinic at Centerstone Community Art Show, Touching History, Family Art Saturday: Make a Paper Kite, Blue Star Museums.


Exhibits of the Customs House Museum

Lighting: The Art of Dr. John Stanton
August 4 – October 16 | Gallery Josten

The illuminated glass work and engravings by Dr. John Stanton bring a variety of motifs to life.

Thomas Adams: Pen & Ink from the Collection
August 5 – October 19 | Harvill Gallery

Local artist Thomas Adams captured iconic Clarksville locations in pen and ink with these drawings from 1973 and 1974. Experience these landmarks – some of which no longer stand – with this collection of fine illustrations.

4th Annual Cohen Clinic at the Centerstone Community Art Show
August 22 – September 22 | Kimbrough Gallery

This annual Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic exhibit in Centerstone features local artists, both amateur and professional, who are also military veterans and family members. The Cohen Clinic provides accessible mental health care to veterans and their families.

Vietnam: 2 soldiers, 2 artists, 2 trips then & now
Until August 14 | Kimbrough Gallery

From helicopters and hand grenades to watercolors and canvases, this is the story of two brave soldiers who fought their way into the world of art. This memorable, one-of-a-kind exhibition showcases the finest work by Vietnam’s David Wright and Chuck Creasy. It all comes together in this exciting and meaningful show that connects two lives, two worlds, two journeys.


Train Station: Clarksville & The Locomotive
Until August 28 | Bruner & Orgain Galleries

Clarksville’s history is closely tied to the railroad, and this exhibit features artifacts, photographs, and stories to illustrate its impact on local industry and the community.

The nature of Olen Bryant
Until September 5 | Crouch Gallery

In partnership with Nashville’s LeQuire Gallery & Studio, this retrospective exhibition features a wide range of work by Tennessee treasure Olen Bryant. An honored professor of art at Austin Peay, Bryant’s sculptures have adorned the interior of the Governor’s House, major museums and art collections in Tennessee across the country.

Annual employee art exhibition
Until September 18 | lobby

The annual staff art exhibition showcases the creative work of those who work behind the scenes at the museum. Each piece reveals the artists’ unique personalities, special moments in their lives and their inspirations.

Exploring our city: An adventure for all ages
land explorers

New memories, new adventures, new explorers land! Explore our city with timeless favorites like Bubble Cave and McGregor’s Market, or go fishing at The Landing and put on a show at the Puppet Theatre.

museum events

First Thursday Art Walk
Aug. 4, 5:00 p.m – 8:00 pm

The museum offers free admission during Art Walk Clarksville on the first Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Ice Cream O-Rama
Presented by Dairy Queen
August 20, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | museum courtyard

It’s the last party of the summer! Join us for the crazy, family-friendly Ice Cream-O-Rama at the museum! Enjoy sweet treats from the Dairy Queen of Clarksville, hit the mark at the dunking booth or throw a pie in the faces of some community friends.

Make sure to show your competitive side while playing some court games. We’ve also set up the delicious Taqueria Lo Arado Jalisco food truck to satisfy your hunger pangs. This event is a fundraiser for the museum to support our mission and the continuation of the children’s program, the maintenance of Explorers Landing, and more.

museum programs

touch history
Come every Thursday in August between 13:00 – 3:00 p.m. | memory track
All Ages | Free with membership or paid entry

Experience history hands-on as you grind coffee beans, discover how handmade fabrics were made, and spin a zoetrope in Touching History, a drop-by program for all ages. Step back in time as you interact with historical artifacts that give you a glimpse of life in a 19th-century log cabin before electricity.

Family Art Saturday: Making Paper Kites
August 27th, come between 10:00 – 12:00 & 14:00 – 16:00
From 3 years, with adults

Free with membership or paid entry | Family Art Studio

Have you ever caught the perfect gust of wind for your kite and watched it soar high? Make your own paper kite at the Family Art Studio to take with you and play outside before the weather gets chilly.

*All parents are expected to attend and supervise their children.


F&M Bank Huff & Puff Express model trains
Exhibition open daily | Trains run from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays and on Wednesdays
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m

Enjoy one of the largest model railways in the region, complete with a miniature castle, a UFO, and scenic countryside. Interact with the miniature world by moving cars and flying helicopters. The model railway exhibition is open daily and the themes change every season.

Blue Star Museums
May 21 – September 5

Blue Star Museums offers free museum admission for the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including the National Guard and Reserve, from Armed Forces Day through Labor Day. Admission is good for the military ID holder and up to five family members.

Seasons: The Museum Shop

Wall Art Sale
Offer expires August 31, 2022

Would you like to beautify your walls? The Seasons features local art and decoration that add personality to each room. Get 15% Off All Murals This Month; Museum members receive a 25% discount.


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 second largest public museum in the state. The original portion of the building was constructed in 1898 as the US Post Office and Customs House for the thriving tobacco trade. The original structure, which brings together a range of architectural styles, 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 will agree – the Customs House Museum is worth a visit!

The Explorer’s Gallery is packed with fun, learning and imagination in Aunt Alice’s Attic, McGregor’s Market and Kitchen and of course – the Bubble Cave! Finally, “everyone aboard” to see our amazing model trains. Our volunteer engineers ride “on the rails” every Sunday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The regular opening hours of the museum are Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors and college ID, $3.00 for children 6-18, and free for under-six and museum members.

The Customs House Museum is located at 200 South Second Street. For more information, call 931.648.5780 or visit www.customshousemuseum.org

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