Customs House Museum & Cultural Center events in January

CLARKSVILLE, TN – Here are the upcoming events at the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center in January.


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 | Galerie Harvill: This collection of small oil paintings is a tribute to little lovers of landscapes found in flea markets in Paris. Paul Harmon has received numerous international painting awards and his work is well represented in galleries, museums and collections around the world.

Visual Songs, Multiple Verses: Multimedia Exhibition by Jim Diehr, until January 30 | Crouch 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.

Travels: photographs by John Guider, until January 23 | Orgain & Bruner Galleries: In 1779, John Donelson embarked on a river voyage which 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 inspire 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.”


First Thursday artistic walk, January 6, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m .: Entrance to the museum will be free during the First Thursday Art Walk Clarksville from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Kicking off the lunar new year, Jan. 15, 11 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. Be sure to also visit the Celebrating Our Korean Culture exhibit in the museum’s Jostens Gallery.


Little explorers: Winter Wonderland, January 7, 14 and 21, meeting between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm | From 2 to 5 years old, with 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 should 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 more, 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 should participate and supervise their children.

Family Art Saturday: Meet the Painters, January 29, meeting between 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | 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 should participate and supervise their children.

Museum Discovery Quest, Free with membership or paid entry | Developed for school-aged children Free Take It N ‘Make It activity: Explore museum exhibits with your family creatively with Museum Discovery Quests – fun, self-guided’ treasure hunts’ that pique children’s curiosity and captivate 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 members of the train crew run the trains on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – enjoy one of the region’s largest model train networks with a miniature castle , a UFO and a picturesque 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.


Landing of the explorers, Reopening in 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.

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