Customs House Museum Announces New Sustainability Mission – Clarksville Online

Clarksville, TN – The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center recently unveiled a new sustainability webpage in honor of Earth Day, April 22.

Coinciding with the Museum’s mission to collect, preserve and interpret historical, artistic and scientific material, and with the American Alliance of Museum Strategic Framework 2022-2025the webpage explains the Museum’s holistic approach to community service.

The webpage is broken down by Museum department and highlights the work being done in these areas to promote sustainability, including increased accessibility with online programs, increased awareness of energy and materials use and healthy habits in the Explore our city the children’s exhibit, participation in the Montgomery County Green Certification Program, and the replacement of light bulbs with LED lights throughout the museum’s facilities.

The effort to be transparent about long-standing efforts to prioritize the health, education and natural resources of the Montgomery County area was recognized by the president of the American Alliance of Museums’ Environment and Climate Network and President of Indigo JLD Green + Health, Joyce Lee.

Converted LED lights in the Customs House from 1898.
Converted LED lights in the Customs House from 1898.

We have come to a watershed moment where museum sustainability is like museum accessibility, a vital and integral part of museum excellence,” Lee said. “I couldn’t be prouder that the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center in Clarksville, TN provides enduring resources for operations, education, and communications. It is an investment in the community that the Museum serves.

The new initiative places the Museum on a short list of less than 45 cultural institutions across the country that have been identified as prioritizing social and ecological health.

Alongside internationally renowned museums such as the Carnegie Museums in Pittsburgh, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Field Museum in Chicago, the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center has established itself as a model of innovation and impact.

Visit to see the full list of initiatives.

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 general museum in the state. The original part of the building was constructed in 1898 as the United States Post Office and Customs House for the flourishing tobacco trade. Incorporating a number of architectural styles, the original structure is one of the most photographed buildings in the area.

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 the stop!

The Explorer’s Gallery is packed with fun, learning and fantasy in Aunt Alice’s Attic, McGregor’s Market and Kitchen and, of course, the Bubble Cave! Finally, all get on board to see our fantastic model trains. Our volunteer engineers “ride the tracks” every Sunday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 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. Adult admission is $7.00, seniors and college IDs $5.00, ages 6-18 $3.00, and under-sixes and museum members are free.

The Customs Museum is located at 200 South Second Street. For more information, call 931.648.5780 or visit their website at

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