Permanent Exhibitions

Gallery of Glass and Ceramics

The historic Sawyer Library is home to the Museum’s collection of beautiful and delicate glass and ceramics. This decorative arts showroom features brilliant lit oak display cabinets that showcase varied examples of 19th and 20th century American and European designs. The new Tea Time exhibit currently on display celebrates the serving and drinking of an ever-popular beverage. Visitors will encounter over 200 pieces from the Museum's collection, from a silver teapot that belonged to the first mayor of Oshkosh to a souvenir teacup from Disneyland. The teapots, cream pitchers, sugar bowls, cups and saucers on view represent more than 150 years of history. Gathered together, the variety among these pieces shows how their design can also communicate messages. Social class, gender, style trends and consumerism are often reveled by looking beyond an object's function.

A portion of the gallery is dedicated to Mr. Frederick Schattschneider Durow, a long-time museum enthusiast and avid collector of Germanic and Bohemian glassware. Mr. Durow bequested his entire estate to the Oshkosh Public Museum in 2009 to support the preservation and interpretation of decorative arts. Visit the gallery and you too may find a new appreciation for the timeless design in these artistic works.