Customs House Museum & Cultural Center receives Southeastern Museums Conference Awards

Customs House Museum & Cultural CenterClarksville, Tennessee – The Customs House Museum & Cultural Center is the recent recipient of several awards in 2021 from the Southeastern Museums Conference. Through the difficulties of the past year, the Museum has strived to improve the Museum experience for all of its constituents through new programs, innovative events and an improved visitor experience.

The SEMC awards come from two categories: technology and publication design. The technology competition recognizes excellence in the use of technology and the winning entries demonstrate innovation, effective design, accessibility, creativity and recognition of institutional identity. The Publication Design Competition encourages communication, effective design, creativity, pride in work and recognition of corporate image and identity. Museum publications play a vital role in the educational mission of the institution as they document exhibits and collections through high quality design and production.

Customs House Museum Executive Director Frank Lott commented: “It is always an honor to be recognized by a sanctioning organization such as the SEMC which is made up of peer institutions throughout the Southeastern United States. United. This means that we are seen as leaders in our efforts to deliver meaningful and innovative programs to our audiences. It is very motivating for our staff to receive these awards.

Museum Discovery Quest
Museum Discovery Quest

The Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) is an association of museums, museum staff, independent professionals and corporate partners. It serves as the leading regional networking organization for museums and their staff in the Southeastern States.

The museum also received other major awards last year from the Tennessee Association of Museums (TAM) and the National Museum Store Association (MSA). The Museum is pleased to present the Clarksville-Montgomery County community to regional and national audiences.

Southeastern Museums Conference 2021 Prize

  • Gold Medal for Campaign Post Design – Museum Discovery Quest
  • Silver Award for Publication Design of Posters – Jazz in June
  • Campaign Tech Money Prize – Grand Illumination Fundraiser
  • Honorable Mention Award for Gallery Installations – Digital Screens in the Museum

Recent Tennessee Association of Museums Awards

  • Award of Excellence for the Blockbuster Exhibition – 25e Lucy Dunwody Boehm porcelain collection anniversary
  • Award of Excellence for Film / Audiovisual Documentary – Huff & Puff Model Train Exhibition Tour
  • Excellence in Educational Programming Award – Museum Discovery Quest
  • Commendation Award for Special Event – Grand Illumination Fundraiser

Recognition from the National Museum Store Association

  • Best pop-up store or special event – Noel Night 2020

About the Customs Museum

Customs 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 built in 1898 as a US post office and customs office for the thriving tobacco trade. Incorporating a number of architectural styles, the original structure is one of the most photographed buildings in the region.

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 worth a visit!

The Explorer’s Gallery is packed with fun, learning, and whimsy in Aunt Alice’s attic, McGregor’s Market and Kitchen, and of course, the Bubble Cave! Finally, get on board to see our fantastic model trains. Our volunteer engineers “roll on the rails” every Sunday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Regular 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. Admission for adults is $ 7.00, seniors and college IDs $ 5.00, 6-18 year olds $ 3.00 and under six and museum members are free.

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

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