Jan Brett Traveling Exhibit coming to Oshkosh

Display scheduled to open at Oshkosh Public Museum on February 4, 2017

The Oshkosh Public Museum welcomes you to The World of Jan Brett, a fun and educational traveling exhibit that brings to life the stories of the admired children’s author/illustrator. Original artwork invites visitors to travel the globe and become a part of their favorite books. The exhibit will be on display at the Oshkosh Public Museum from February 4 to May 14, 2017. 

The exhibit invites visitors into the vivid cultures and endless imagination of the beloved children’s tales. “When you look at my illustrations I hope they take you to a different place and time,” aspires Jan Brett. “Every illustration has a dozen stories behind the brushstrokes.” 

The exhibition will also include videos of Jan Brett telling of her adventures, and interactives will allow visitors to learn how to draw some of the treasured characters, like Hedgie, or play out some of their own favorite scenes from the book. The gallery will offer comfy spots to sit and read Jan Brett’s newest book or rediscover a favorite story. 

Jan Brett will present “Creating a Children’s Picture Book – Sharing My Secrets” at the Oshkosh Public Museum on Saturday, May 13, 2017, starting at 9:30 a.m. Jan will share some of her drawing tips, and children are encouraged to bring a pencil and clipboard with paper to make one of their own creations. All attendees will receive a free Jan Brett poster, and Jan will sign copies of her books at the end of her book talk. The cost is $10 per adult and $5 per child. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Purchase tickets online at oshkoshmusuem.org. 

Jan Brett will also be signing copies of her books at the Museum from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Bring in your favorite Jan Brett book, or several of her books will be available for purchase at the Museum Store. The first 100 families will receive a free Jan Brett poster. This event is included with general Museum admission. 

The World of Jan Brett is a traveling exhibition organized by the Oshkosh Public Museum, in partnership with Jan Brett. The exhibit’s display at the Oshkosh Public Museum is part of a nationwide tour. 

Experience the historic Sawyer home decorated in its holiday splendor reminiscent of the times during Deck the Halls, a holiday experience at the Museum on display through December 31, 2016. Children under 18 receive free admission, and adult admission is only $3.50, during this annual exhibition. 

The Oshkosh Public Museum is located at 1331 Algoma Boulevard. Regular hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Museum will be closed for the holidays December 23-26 and January 1-2. For more information about the Museum’s exciting events and exhibits, visit oshkoshmuseum.org, call 920.236.5799 or email museum@ci.oshkosh.wi.us

About Jan Brett:

Jan Brett has more than 35 million books in print and has been one of America’s most beloved children’s author/illustrators for over 30 years. Her books regularly occupy the #1 slot on the New York Times best-seller list. Her illustrations are adored for their classic beauty and vibrant life-like images of animals, landscapes and flourishes from cultures around the world. From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs to Japanese gardens, she studies the traditions of the many countries that she visits and uses them as a starting point for her children’s books. For more information about Jan Brett, please visit janbrett.com. 

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.