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.
The Voices of Native American Art-Telling Our Story
Jul 23 - Oct 8, 2017
This unique exhibition of original, fine and contemporary Native American art features a wide variety of artwork from living Native artists who are members and descendants of different Native American Nations, many with deep connections to the Lake Winnebago watershed. Read more>
Deck the Halls
Nov 18 - Dec 31, 2017
This annual exhibition showcases the historic Sawyer home decorated in its holiday splendor reminiscent of the times. Children under 18 receive free admission, and adults admission is only $3.50 per person, during this holiday experience. Read more>
Feb 18 - May 13, 2018
REPLAY is a delightful exploration of what happens when childhood notions are viewed through the adult lens of a Proustian involuntary memory, or as some might simply say - "a throwback." Read more>
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>
People of the Waters Grand Opening Program Series, sponsored by Nevitt Law Office:
People of the Waters Member Exhibition Premier: Wednesday, Aug 23, 5:00–7:00 pm
Iroquois Strawberry Beadwork Workshop: Saturday, Aug 26, 10:00 am–2:00 pm
People of the Waters Grand Opening Day: Tuesday, Sep 5, 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Ice Age History of the Fox River Valley Region: Saturday, Sep 9, 1:00–2:00 pm
Native American Medicines Workshop: Saturday, Sep 16, 1:00–3:00 pm
Wisconsin Archaeology Timeline: Saturday, Sep 23, 1:00–2:00 pm
Children's Canoe Workshop: Saturday, Sep 30, 1:00–4:00 pm
Weathering the Ice Age – 14,000 years of Native American History in Central Wisconsin:
Saturday, Oct 7, 1:00–2:00 pm
Honor Song! A One-Act Play by Carol O. Smart, granddaughter of Dr. Rosa Minoka-Hill:
Saturday, Oct 14, 1:00–3:00 pm
Fur Trade in Wisconsin: Saturday, Oct 21, 1:00–2:00 pm
Every visit to the Oshkosh Public Museum can be enhanced with a special make-and-take project all visitors can enjoy. 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: Bead Art - Visit our exhibition The Voices of Native American Art - Telling Our Story, and get inspired to create your own beaded art.
September: Canoe - Celebrate the grand opening of People of the Waters and get inspired by the replica canoes on display. Learn about their importance to early people, and then make one of your own.
October: Pumpkins - What is it about pumpkins that make them so popular this time of year? Learn about their many roles, from an important Native American food to a Halloween Jack-O-Lantern, then make your own pumpkin craft.
November: Deer - The white tail deer played an important role for early Native Americans. Find your inspiration in the People of the Waters exhibition, and then make your own paper deer mount.