Permanent Exhibitions

Winnebago Room

One room. Ten thousand years of Oshkosh history. From pre-contact to the pursuit of manifest destiny, this exhibit tells the story of the indigenous tribes, adventurous pioneers and wartime heroes that called Oshkosh home.

Explore the topics of Native American heritage, European settlement, military history and other notable events of Oshkosh past. The gallery features an eclectic array of artifacts dating from prehistory through the mid-20th century, including Native American tools, pioneer firearms, firefighting paraphernalia and military uniforms. Enjoy priceless collections such as hand-beaded Native American bags, a well-worn fire marshal helmet from the 1880s and a 19th century dental case with tools that would make anyone squirm. These and dozens more amazing Oshkosh relics create a melting pot of history thousands of years in the making.