Be the Dinosaur draws huge crowds to Oshkosh

Over 9,600 visitors experienced the thrill of "being" a dinosaur at the Museum

The Be the Dinosaur™ exhibit at the Oshkosh Public Museum was a huge success, bringing in over 9,600 people to explore this extinct ecosystem and become a moving, breathing, interactive virtual dinosaur. The exhibit was on display from February 1 to May 16.

A large number of schools and service organizations visited as part of a group field trip, with nearly 800 students and their caregivers experiencing this unique traveling exhibition. The Museum offers free admission to all students with the Oshkosh Area School District (grades K-12) when visiting as part of a pre-scheduled group outing, including any private, charter, parochial or homeschools in Oshkosh.

In addition, children receive free admission for group visits reserved in advance with the following clubs and organizations: Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Oshkosh Boys & Girls Club or Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fox Valley Region. Contact Karla Szekeres, Marketing and Membership Coordinator, at 920.236.5763 or email kszekeres@ci.oshkosh.wi.us to arrange a group visit.

The Museum will present Geniuses of Oshkosh from July 2 to October 16. Artifacts and images from the Museum's collections, and on loan from museums and collectors, will introduce visitors to well-known sculptor Helen Farnsworth Mears, one of America's most promising artists, and other geniuses who found Oshkosh the perfect location to foster their creativity.

Who are these geniuses? One was a young mechanic who built a submarine in Oshkosh, and performed the test run on the Fox River. Another was a doctor who came to the area in 1873 and revolutionized opinions concerning mental health care. Two local photographers who pioneered different methods that forever changed how images are viewed will also be introduced, along with a charismatic musical talent who was drawn to this "live wire town."

Regular hours at the Oshkosh Public Museum, 1331 Algoma Boulevard, are Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 4:30 pm and Sunday from 1 pm to 4:30 pm. For more information about the Museum's programming events and exciting exhibits, visit oshkoshmuseum.org, call 920.236.5799 or email museum@ci.oshkosh.wi.us.

About the Oshkosh Public Museum
The Oshkosh Public Museum is a regional history museum, nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Housed in the historic Sawyer home since 1924, the Museum is entrusted with the care of approximately 250,000 artifacts and historical documents representing all aspects of the region's people and heritage. The Museum is dedicated to excellence in preservation of historical collections strongly focused around the Fox River and the extensive Winnebago watershed; interactively communicating the story of Oshkosh and the Lake Winnebago region through well-researched, quality exhibitions, programs and publications; and engaging guests in ways that inspire discovery. For admission, hours and more information about the Museum's exciting exhibits and events, visit oshkoshmuseum.org, call 920.236.5799 or email museum@ci.oshkosh.wi.us. 

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