Membership Makes a Difference
The Museum's collections are rich with secrets and stories of the past. Your support enables us to share them through engaging exhibitions, educational activities, quality publications, and research.
In addition to funding exhibitions and programs that inspire learning, a Museum membership plays a critical part in supporting the care and preservation of the archival materials and collections held in trust, including the beautiful historic home of Edgar P. and Mary Jewell Sawyer.
The English Tudor Revival residence was built in 1908. Designed by William Waters, the interior of the home was orchestrated by the prestigious Tiffany Studios of New York. The Oshkosh Public Museum was formed in 1924 through the generosity of Edgar P. Sawyer, who donated his home to the City of Oshkosh free of all limitations except that it be used "for the benefit of the public."
Become a member today and enjoy year-round access to a fun place of discovery and inspiration.
Step inside the award-winning People of the Waters exhibition and explore Wisconsin’s prehistoric past and Native American culture that spans 13,000 years.
Stunning carved woodwork, exquisite artwork, fine glass and ceramics, and rich Tiffany treasures make the historic Sawyer home unique and historically significant.
Innovative long-term exhibitions, special programs, and an incredible rotation of temporary exhibitions share the compelling stories of Oshkosh’s rich history.
The Menominee Clans Story displays wood figures carved by the Menominee traditional artist, James F. Frechette, Jr. Through an indigenous art form, Mr. Frechette faithfully captured the cultural dimensions of the ancient clan system depicting dress, symbols, tools, colors, traditions, and many details of the Menominee way of life.
A definite not-to-miss attraction is to watch the hourly performance of the Apostles Clock, a rare monumental timepiece built in 1895 that continues to toll out the hour in a brilliant display of lights, music and master clockworks.
A new, dynamic Sports & Recreation exhibition, expected to open in 2020, shares Oshkosh’s rich and diverse sporting heritage. A lively display of artifacts and historic photographs will showcase some of the best sporting teams and athletes in the state, as well as this area’s unique tradition of water and ice related leisure activities.
Conceptual planning has begun for the next big exhibition, Deep Roots, Growing City. This new interactive experience will share compelling, in-depth stories on immigration and Oshkosh’s vast lumbering era, and awesome artifacts, images and film. Anticipated completion is by 2024.
The Museum Store offers a wide selection of local history books and unique items. Historic photographs from the Museum’s archives, and high quality reproductions of paintings in the Museum's collection are also available for purchase. All proceeds directly support the Museum and its programs.
Benefits of Membership
- Free admission to experience a full year of wonderful exhibitions and special programs.
- Invitations to attend exclusive member events and exhibition previews.
- Free guest passes to share with friends and family.
- Discounts on Museum Store purchases and ticketed programs.
- A subscription to our monthly e-newsletters and The Muse, a full-color quarterly publication jam-packed with local history articles, collections stories, and an inside perspective of Museum happenings.
- Kid Perks! For Family and Cornerstone members, your children or grandchildren (under 18) earn a punch on their Kid Perks card for every visit. Collect four punches and receive a free child pass to share with a friend.
Annual Membership Levels
- Individual, $30
- Senior (age 62+) or Student (age 18+), $25
- Dual, $40
- Family, $55
- Cornerstone, $150
Your involvement is greatly appreciated! Download a copy of the membership brochure.
All memberships are tax-deductible as allowable by Wisconsin state law.
Sign Up Today!
Three Easy Ways to Become a Member!
Sign up on your next trip to the Oshkosh Public Museum
Download the membership form and mail to:
Oshkosh Public Museum
1331 Algoma Boulevard
Oshkosh, WI 54901
- 1 adult + 1 free guest pass
Senior or Student, $25
- 1 adult (62+) + 1 free guest pass OR
- 1 student (18+ with valid student ID) + 1 free guest pass
- 2 adults + 2 free guest passes
- 2 adults and accompanying children/grandchildren (under 18) + 2 free guest passes
- 2 adults and accompanying children/grandchildren (under 18) + 4 free guest passes
- A private behind-the-scenes tour with the Museum Director (by appointment)
- Name recognition in The Muse, the Museum's full-color quarterly publication
- Discounts on gift memberships and admission for non-member guests