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>

Deck the Halls
Nov 17 - Dec 30, 2018
Make your holiday season a hygge one! Experience the Museum set aglow with a nostalgic display of holiday decor, combining ambient interiors, cozy settings and conviviality. Read more>

Special Programs

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

"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

World War I Centennial Symposium
Tue, Oct 2 - Thu, Oct 4, hosted by UW Oshkosh and Oshkosh Public Museum

Museum Auxiliary's Annual Gala
Thu, Nov 29, 5:30-7:30 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.

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.

September: World War I Souvenir - Learn about the types of items soldiers would bring home from overseas. Get inspired by the souvenirs on display in For Home and Country: World War I, then make your own postcard to remember your museum visit.

October: Cooties - Have you ever caught cooties? Learn where this infectious term came from in the For Home and Country: World War I exhibition. Find out how it connects to WWI soldiers, then create your own cootie catcher.

November: Art Rubbing - One of the most universal and oldest techniques of copying information and images is through rubbings. Learn more about the history of this early method of printmaking, then make your own art rubbing to take home.