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.

Consider hosting The World of Jan Brett traveling exhibit, presented by the Oshkosh Public Museum in partnership with Jan Brett.


Explore WWI through this virtual exhibit.

Temporary Exhibitions

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>

Dressed to Play!
Feb 17 - May 19, 2019
Summer fun is the focus of this amusing exhibition that showcases clothing styles, paraphernalia, and historical photographs of memorable summertime festivities enjoyed throughout the years. Read more>

Special Programs

Bells of Peace: A World War I Remembrance
Sun, Nov 11, 11am
This national bell tolling event honors the centennial of the armistice and is a great act of patriotism and respect for the 4.5 million Americans who answered the call, and prevailed against the forces of tyrannt a century ago. The Oshkosh WWI Commemoration committee is asking all churches to participate by ringing your bells for five minutes at 11 a.m. on November 11.

Holiday Decorating Day
Mon, Nov 12, 10am-3pm

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

Meet the Author, Randy Domer
Sat, Dec 15, 1:30 pm
Local author Randy Domer's newest book, We Shall Never Pass This Way Again, is another journey into Oshkosh's historic and treasured past. In this presentation, Domer reminisces about many of the stories told in the book. His books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

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.

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.

December: A Hygge Holiday - Celebrate the holidays with us and learn what hygge is all about in the Deck the Halls exhibit. Get inspired to put a little hygge in your holiday and make your own ornament to take home.