Our History

1984-101-08In 1891, Congress voted $35,000 to erect a post office/customs house in Clarksville, Tennessee to accommodate the region’s booming tobacco trade. After years of wrangling over plans and costs, the building, which was designed by William Aiken, Supervising Architect of the Treasury, was opened to the public in November 1898.

With its charter in 1983, the people of Clarksville and Montgomery County entrusted this Museum with the collection, preservation and interpretation of this community’s history and culture. From its inception, the Museum has been committed to serving this community. This commitment is reflected through services such as scheduled free admission days throughout the year; free tours to all Clarksville-Montgomery County public schools; and monthly family-oriented special events.1995-41-07

The Clarksville Montgomery County Museum began operations in 1984 in the historical Customs House building at the corner of 2nd and Commerce Street. In 1996, the museum expanded into the full 50,000 square feet campus that made this the second largest general interest museum in the state. Customs House Museum has always been and will continue to be dedicated to the enhancement of the quality of life in Clarksville and Montgomery County.



200 South Second St., Clarksville, TN 37040931-648-5780Open: Tuesday Through Sunday • Closed Mondays