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

Camp Fire Girls Exhibit
Jun 24 - Jul 9, 2017
A special exhibit of early Camp Fire Girls ceremonial gowns used locally, along with some accessories, will be on display to commemorate Camp Hiwela's 80th anniversary. Thanks to support from the Hiwela Youth Fund of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, the Museum is pleased to offer free admission to all visitors on Saturday, June 24, and Sunday, June 25.

Helen Farnsworth Mears Art Contest Display
Jul 2 - Jul 30, 2017
The Museum is proud to display the place-winning artwork of the annual art contest for 7th and 8th grade students, sponsored by the General Federation of Women's Clubs Wisconsin. Since 1927, local GFWC-WI clubs support this contest to encourage student artists and promote art within local communities.

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>

Special Programs

The Voices of Native American Art-Telling Our Story Member Premier
Tuesday, Aug 8, from 5-7:30 pm

People of the Waters Grand Opening Program Series, sponsored by Nevitt Law Office:

People of the Waters Member 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 DayTuesday, 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

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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.

June: Keepsake Box - Summer is almost here, which means sun and vacation fun! Learn about historic vacation activities, and then create a keepsake box to store your souvenirs.

July: World War I Medal - 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of America's entry into World War I. Learn about the medals people earned for their service, and then make one of your own.

August: Bead Art - Visit our exhibit The Voices of Native American Art - Telling Our Story, and get inspired to create your own beaded art.