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Customs House Museum

The Customs House in Clarksville is a nonprofit museum and arts gallery located in an old U.S. post office building in Clarksville, Tenn. In addition to housing a permanent collection, the gallery also mounts temporary shows highlighting Tennessee artists, traveling exhibitions and cultural artifacts.

First opened in 1984 as a Clarksville history museum, the organization expanded its mission to become the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center when an extension was built in 1996.

The museum offers activities for both children and adults, with a focus on education. “We offer a place where people can learn something new and they can try something new,” says curator Terri Jordan. “There is always something someone can learn from a museum.”

Throughout the museum’s 35,000 square feet of exhibit space, visitors can educate themselves about art, science, history and other subjects.


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