Exhibitions & Programs

The Oshkosh Public Museum invites you to discover the real things of history and the stories they tell through our many exhibitions and programs. 

In addition to our permanent and temporary exhibitions, we host a variety of programs and events throughout the year. While these programs and events support our mission of promoting and nurturing an understanding and appreciation of local history and culture, above all else they are fun and interesting ways to enjoy learning.


Explore WWI through this virtual exhibit.

Temporary Exhibitions

For Home and Country: World War I
Jun 17 - Oct 7, 2018
Visitors will be transported back to the World War I era through artifacts, photographs, and unique stories or incidents recorded by the local men and women who experienced them. Read more>

Helen F. Mears Art Contest Display
Jul 1 - Jul 31, 2018
The Museum is honored to have on display the place-winning artwork from the annual Helen Farnsworth Mears art contest, sponosred by the GFWC-WI for 7th and 8th grade students.

Deck the Halls
Nov 17 - Dec 30, 2018
Join us for this annual holiday experience and marvel at the beauty of the historic Sawyer home decorated in its holiday splendor, and the life-size Christmas Village exhibit windows will delight with a wonderful holiday display. Read more>

Special Programs

For Home and Country: World War I Exhibition Premier
Sun, Jun 17, 1-3 pm; the first 50 fathers to visit during this event receive a special gift

Hidden Treasures of Louis Comfort Tiffany Promotion with The Paine
Jun 23-Sep 23; receive $2 off general admission at The Paine or Oshkosh Public Museum by presenting your membership card or paid admission receipt

"It Was All the Hell Anybody Wanted" Presentation
Wed, Jul 18, 6 pm

"World War I for the Housewife and Family" Presentation
Wed, Aug 15, 6 pm

"Living with Tiffany: Relighting a Stained Glass Treasure" Presentation
Wed, Sep 5, 6 pm

For Home and Country: World War I Member Event
Wed, Sep 12, 5:30-7 pm

float leftEvery visit to the Oshkosh Public Museum can be enhanced with a special make-and-take project. Located in the sunroom near the main entrance, this area features an entertaining, historical do-it-yourself project.

The take home activity changes monthly, and directions and supplies are provided to make and take home your very own piece of history.

June: Flag Day - Celebrate Flag Day at the Museum this June. Learn about the meaning behind the U.S. flag design and then create your own flag to display at home.

July: World War I Biplanes - WWI was the first time planes were used in battle. Get inspired by exploring the For Home and Country exhibit, and then make a paper biplane to take with you.

August: Victory Gardens - Food conservation on the home front during WWI was a big deal. Learn how people grew their own food and reused items at home, and then design your own victory garden.