Museum lights up with Deck the Halls

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

The Deck the Halls holiday experience at the Oshkosh Public Museum opens on Saturday, November 18, and will be on display until December 31. In staying true to its mission, the Museum is offering free admission to children under age 18, and adult admission is only $3.50, during this annual extravaganza. 

Experience the historic Sawyer home decorated in its holiday splendor, and the life-size Christmas Village exhibit windows showcase a festive display of recreated scenes from favorite holiday movies. At the center of it all is the unbelievably-detailed 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. 

The Oshkosh Public Museum Auxiliary’s Annual Gala is on Thursday, November 16, from 5:30-7:30 pm. Attendees can explore the new People of the Waters exhibition and enjoy an evening filled with music, holiday cheer, and an incredible array of savory hors d’oeuvres and decadent desserts while viewing the beautiful holiday decorations. John and Marilyn Rogge will give a special musical performance at 6 pm. Admission is $15 to support the Oshkosh Public Museum. The evening will also include a cash bar and cash-and-carry basket raffle and silent auction (credit cards not accepted). The public is welcome. 

This winter, the Museum will host REPLAY, a delightful, whimsical, and incredibly striking exhibition that is the ultimate flashback to the 80s, combining mediums and artists the world over. With more than 30 pieces of artwork on display, creatively using both traditional and unexpected media, REPLAY is intended to be nostalgic as it harkens back to the stories, games and experiences of this iconic era. REPLAY will be on display from February 18 to May 13, 2018. 

The Oshkosh Public Museum is located at 1331 Algoma Boulevard. Regular hours are Tuesday–Saturday from 10 am–4:30 pm and Sunday from 1 pm–4:30 pm. The Museum will be closed on November 23 and December 24–26 for the holidays. Effective January 1, 2018, general admission to the Museum will be Adults $8, Seniors $6, College Students $6, and Children (age 6-17) $4. Museum Members, and children age five and under, are free. For more information about the Museum’s exciting events and exhibits, visit, call 920.236.5799 or email


About the Oshkosh Public Museum:

The Oshkosh Public Museum is a non-profit regional history museum entrusted with the care of more than 300,000 historical photographs, documents, and artifacts that represent the history, culture and heritage of the region. Housed in the historic Sawyer home since 1924, the Oshkosh Public Museum is an amazing resource for research and discovery of Oshkosh and the Lake Winnebago 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’s mission is to preserve the area’s colorful legacy, and to bring history to life through innovative exhibitions and educational programs that will both inspire and entertain guests of all ages and interests. 

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