Customs House Museum events planned for April

CLARKSVILLE, TN – Here’s what’s planned at the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center in April.

Curiosities: Objects from the Museum Collection
Apr 15 – June 27 | Jostens Gallery
Come take a gander at an assortment of perplexing objects pulled from the Museum shelves whose uses may not be obvious at first look. Can you guess the function of these items from the past?

Mike Egan: Modern Pop
Apr 1 – May 30 | Harvill Gallery
Mike Egan’s work is often themed in death, with a stylized nod to Mexican folk art and pop. While in school, Mike became enamored with German Expressionism and printmaking. After receiving his degree from the Edinboro University, Mike worked in the funeral home business while developing his painting genre. His work has since been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions from New York to L.A.

Larry Hughes: A Walk in the Parks
Apr 6 – July 18 | Bruner & Orgain Galleries
Larry Hughes is a Memphis-based artist working primarily in watercolor, drawing media and oil. With deep roots in Arizona and California, his primary artistic interests turn to western wilderness areas, particularly the Grand Canyon, the Sonoran Desert, the Guadalupe Mountains of west Texas and northern New Mexico, where he works en plein air to support later studio work.

Helping Americans Help Themselves: 140 Years of the Red Cross
Through July 18 | Kimbrough Gallery
Celebrating 140 years of the American Red Cross through artifacts, photos and local stories. The American Red Cross works to rebuild lives and communities after disaster strikes. Read the valiant stories of the beginning of the local Red Cross chapter created in 1917, national humanitarian efforts and wide-spread volunteerism.

The Electrification of the TVA
Through June 20 | Memory Lane
Take a look back at the history of the Tennessee Valley Authority and how electricity changed lives, especially for those living on farms.

Lisa Jennings: Coming Home
Through Apr 18 | Crouch Gallery
Sponsored in part by Grand Illumination Radiant Sponsor F&M Bank
The combination of creating with rock, paper and wood has been a magical journey for Lisa Jennings for over 20 years. Jennings started with fibrous pre-dyed, colored papers and worked her way into tall sculptural forms that appear to come directly from the nature around her.

Robert McCurley: Due South
Through April 25 | Kimbrough Gallery
Sponsored in part by Grand Illumination Radiant Sponsor Bill Orgain
Robert McCurley’s Due South displays a side of the Southern region that’s pure, romantic and pictorial. It’s deep-rooted in beauty, tradition, religion and simplicity – a side that everyone can appreciate and enjoy. His photographic education includes classes at the former Southeastern Center for the Photographic Arts in Atlanta, GA, workshops with Keith Carter, Magnum photographers David Alan Harvey and Alex Webb as well as countless hours studying the work of influential artists. His photographs have been exhibited in a variety of venues and galleries across the U.S.

Clarence Cameron White
Through Apr 30 | Lobby
Clarence Cameron White was born August 10, 1879, in Clarksville, Tennessee to Dr. James W. White and Jennie Scott White. At age 8, he was given a violin by his grandfather. He went on to become one of America’s most exceptional composers and violinists of the first half of the twentieth century. White played many well-known concert halls in the United States and Europe. This exhibit features some of White’s personal items from the Museum collection.

Museum Events

American Red Cross Blood Drive
April 6, 10 am–3 pm
In celebration of 140 years of the American Red Cross, the Museum and the local Red Cross are hosting a series of blood drives that are open to the public. Each donor will be entered in a drawing for 1 FREE annual Museum membership. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit and enter CustomsHouse to schedule an appointment.

First Thursday Art Walk
April 8, 5–8 pm
The Museum will have free admission for First Thursday Art Walk Clarksville. We will also be extending our hours to 5-8 p.m. for more time to spend in your favorite galleries!

Museum Programs

Museum Discovery Quest
Free with paid admission or membership | Developed for school-age children

Free Take It N’ Make It Activity
Museum Discovery Quests are self-guided adventures that offer a fun exploration through the Museum. Kids can experience exhibits and artifacts in new and entertaining ways that pique their curiosity and captivate their attention. The theme changes regularly. Bonus: Complete the MDQ and receive a free Take It N’ Make It activity packet to create a fun project at home.

Huff & Puff Express Model Trains
Exhibit open daily | Volunteer Train Crew members run trains Sundays, 1–4 pm and Wednesdays, 10 am–12 pm
Enjoy one of the largest model railroad layouts in the region boasting a miniature castle, UFO and scenic landscape. Interact with the miniature world by making automobiles move and helicopters fly. The model train exhibit is open daily and themes change every season.

Seasons: The Museum Store

Children’s Poetry Month Sale
Offer expires April 30, 2021
April is Children’s Poetry Month and Seasons is encouraging young writers to get their creative juices flowing. All creative writing products are 15% off, or 25% off for members. Each purchase includes a free pen and gets your name in a drawing to win a free gift bag full of Seasons goodies.

Holiday Openings

The Museum will be open for Easter on Sunday, April 4 from 1-5 p.m. The F&M Bank Huff & Puff Express Model Trains will run from 1-4 p.m.

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