“… that it be used for the benefit of the public.” Edgar Sawyer Oshkosh Northwestern, April 1922

In 1924, the Oshkosh Public Museum was founded on the generous gift of one Oshkosh man. Since then, the Museum has been a cornerstone of the community, collecting, caring for and interpreting the rich history of Oshkosh and the Lake Winnebago Region. Our programs and exhibitions entertain and inform visitors, community members and students of all ages. We are storytellers, caretakers and educators – using lessons of the past to better the community and its future.

As a 170©1 non-profit organization, we rely on the gifts of donors and members to help us preserve the past and educate the public on our community’s history. Thank you for your support.

A gift to the Oshkosh Public Museum can help us ensure that generations to come will have the opportunity to experience local history at its finest. It will also allow us to fulfill our mission and vision while remaining diligent stewards of the Sawyer Family Home.

Your gift will help us achieve our goals for this year and beyond, including providing much-needed funds for the care of collections and enabling us to continue offering exhibits and educational programs that inspire learning.

Making a gift is easy! Whether you are an individual, family, business or foundation we are here to help you find your place in local history.

At this time we are unable to accept donations online. Please call 920.236.5799 for more information. 

Support What You Love

Whether it's the stately Sawyer home, the thousands upon thousands of artifacts it houses, the inspiring exhibits and educational programs we provide, or the development of a new generation long-term exhibit, People of the Waters, your gift to the Museum will help us achieve our goals for this year and beyond. Give today online or by contacting Director Sarah Phillips at 920-236-5769 or by email.