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

The World of Jan Brett
Feb 4 - May 14, 2017
Step into the stories of the admired children's author/illustrator. Original artwork introduces cultures from around the world and draws visitors into the world of their favorite books. Read more>

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 will feature 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>

Special Programs

Creating a Children's Picture Book - Sharing My Secrets
Book talk by Jan Brett, Saturday, May 13, at 9:30 am; $10 per adult, $5 per child. Tickets are currently sold out for this event.

Jan Brett Book Signing
Saturday, May 13, from 1-3 pm. This event is included with general admission

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 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.

April: Paper Dolls - Put a fun spin on the traditional paper doll with Jan Brett's beloved character Hedgie. Create your own Hedgie paper dolls to decorate and play with.

May: Animal Craft - Experience the intricacy of original paintings from Jan Brett's bestselling books during the final weeks of The World of Jan Brett exhibit, and then create your own animal craft inspired by her stories.