Customs Museum events in June 2022


CLARKSVILLE, TN – Here’s what’s happening at Customs House Museum & Cultural Center in June 2022.

Museum exhibits

Vietnam: 2 soldiers, 2 artists, 2 trips from yesterday and today
June 4 – August 14 | Kimbrough Gallery
From helicopters and hand grenades to watercolors and canvas, this is the story of two brave soldiers who fought their way into the world of art. This memorable and one-of-a-kind exhibition highlights the best Vietnamese work by David Wright and Chuck Creasy. It all comes together in this exhilarating and meaningful show, which connects two lives, two worlds, two journeys.

Call and response: collaborations of Greg Sand and Billy Renkl
June 1 – July 28 | Harvill Gallery
Sand and Renkl mainly work with found images, but the way they use them is quite different. For these collages of found photographs, the artists combine two distinct approaches and individual aesthetics to produce a body of work that neither of them would have created alone.

Clarksville and the Locomotive
June 28 – August 28 | Bruner and Orgain Galleries
Clarksville’s history is closely tied to the railroad, and this exhibit will feature a variety of artifacts, photographs, and stories to illustrate its impact on local industry and the community.

Wild side of Tennessee
Until June 19 | Bruner and Orgain Galleries
Learn about the flora and fauna of Middle Tennessee with this hands-on overview of rivers, caves, and other local habitats. Discover bats in Dunbar Cave, identify animal footprints and more!

Society of Animal Artists: Animals of North America
Until June 26 | Crouching Gallery
The Society of Animal Artists is dedicated to promoting excellence in the artistic representation of domestic and wild animals in art. This year’s special exhibit celebrates the creatures found here in North America with over 50 works by artists from around the world.

Remembering Frank Adkins
Until June 26 | Lobby
Lt. Col. Frank Adkins was the most decorated Montgomery County resident to serve in World War II. This collection of photographs, documents and other artifacts illustrates the courage of this local hero.

Explorers Landing: Exploring Our City
Now open on the lower level
New memories, new adventures, new explorer landings! Explore our city with timeless favorites like the Bubble Cave and McGregor Market and new discoveries like the Landing Stage and Car Ramp. It’s an adventure for all ages.

Museum events

First Thursday Art Walk
June 2, 5 – 8 p.m.
The museum will offer free admission during the first Clarksville Art Walk Thursday from 5-8 p.m. The Burgasm food truck will serve delicious food in the courtyard.

Jazz in June: an evening with Cindy McElroy & The Wooten Brothers
June 11, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The Museum welcomes local singer Cindy McElroy, accompanied by celebrated Nashville musicians Regi & Joseph Wooten, known for their work with The Gap Band and Steve Miller Band, to our second Jazz in June Fundraising. Enjoy a lively evening of soulful jazz, food, drink and dancing at the Museum!
All proceeds will go to the Museum’s mission. With your support, the Museum can continue to provide opportunities for creative programming for children, share the work of artists in new exhibits, and preserve our community’s history by expanding our collection.
Tickets are on sale now $50 for general seating and $75 for premium seating at a four-table table near the stage. There are only 100 tickets available!

38and Annual Fly High
July 16, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Mark your calendars and join the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center at Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel for a 007-inspired event with licensed thrills. Bid on exceptional artwork, experiences and more! Enjoy a glamorous evening of dinner, dancing and cocktails – shaken or stirred – at Clarksville’s premier fundraising gala.
Tickets go on sale in June – stay tuned on the Museum’s website and Facebook!

Museum programs

Family art Saturday: fish on a plate in wallpaper
June 25, appointment between 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | From 3 years old, with an adult
Free with membership or paid entry | Family art studio
Many types of fish live in the Cumberland River, and one of the most unusual is the paddlefish. You can find a picture of it in the “Rivers” section of Explorers Landing. Create your own unique fish with paper plates. Some paints may stain, please dress accordingly.
*All parents must participate and supervise their children.

Museum Discovery Quest
Free with membership or paid entry | Developed for school-aged children
Free take-out and make-ahead activity
Explore the Museum’s exhibits with your family in a creative way with the Museum’s Discovery Quests – fun, self-guided “treasure hunts” that pique children’s curiosity and captivate their attention. Different themes are offered, and all include a free Take It N’ Make It activity pack for kids to complete a fun project at home. Sign up for a Perks Pass to earn a free Seasons: The Museum Store prize after completing three quests.

F&M Bank Huff & Puff Express Model Trains
Exhibition open every day | Trains run on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Enjoy one of the largest model railway networks in the region with a miniature castle, a UFO and a picturesque landscape. Interact with the miniature world by making the cars move and the helicopters fly. The model train exhibit is open daily and the themes change seasonally.

Blue Star Museums
May 21 – September 5
Blue Star Museums offers free museum admission to 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.

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