Deck the Halls exhibit will light up Museum

Kids receive free admission, and adults only $3.50, during this exhibition

The fourth annual Deck the Halls holiday experience will open at the Oshkosh Public Museum on Saturday, November 19. In staying true to its mission, the Museum is offering free admission to children under age 18, and adult admission of only $3.50, during this annual extravaganza.

Experience the historic Sawyer home decorated in holiday splendor reminiscent of the times, and the life-size Christmas Village exhibit windows will showcase a festive display of themed miniature holiday trees. At the center of it all will be the unbelievably-detailed Magnusen family wooden toy circus made in the 1940s by Marshall and Ruth Magnusen for their sons, Karl and Jim. And yes, the Museum Elves will be back and are already planning on how to stump visitors with their new hiding places.

Deck the Halls will be on view at the Oshkosh Public Museum, 1331 Algoma Boulevard, from November 19 to December 31. Regular hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 4:30 pm and Sunday from 1 pm to 4:30 pm. The Museum will be closed on November 24 and December 23-26 for the holidays. For more information about the Museum’s exciting events and exhibits, visit, call 920.236.5799 or email

The Oshkosh Public Museum Auxiliary’s Annual Gala is scheduled from 5:30-7:30 pm on Thursday, November 17. Attendees can get a sneak peek at the Deck the Halls holiday displays while enjoying an array of savory hors d’oeuvres and decadent desserts. Director Brad Larson will also give a behind-the-scenes presentation of the new People of the Waters exhibition currently under construction in the main floor gallery. Admission to this special event is $15 to support the Oshkosh Public Museum. Public is welcome. The evening will also include a cash bar and cash-and-carry basket raffle and silent auction.

Beginning next February, the Museum will host The World of Jan Brett, a fun and educational exhibit that brings to life the stories of the beloved children’s author/illustrator. Original artwork invites visitors to travel the globe and enter the vivid cultures and endless imagination of these cherished children’s tales. The World of Jan Brett exhibit will be on view from February 4 to May 14, 2017.

About the Oshkosh Public Museum:

The Oshkosh Public Museum is a non-profit regional history museum, an amazing resource for research and discovery of Oshkosh and the Lake Winnebago region, entrusted with the care of more than 300,000 collections and historical documents representing the history, culture and heritage of the region. The Museum is nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places. The Museum is operated for the public good in part through City of Oshkosh tax levy funding, but a significant portion of annual funding must be raised through donations and fees, including admissions and membership support. Housed in the historic Sawyer home since 1924, the Museum brings history to life through quality exhibitions, special programs and publications, and engaging guests in ways that inspire discovery.

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