Museum Opens The World of Jan Brett Exhibit Feb 4

The Oshkosh Public Museum is painting up a fun adventure with the opening of The World of Jan Brett traveling exhibit. The exhibit, on display at the Museum through May 14, invites visitors to step into the stories of the beloved children’s author/illustrator.

The Oshkosh Public Museum invites you to step into The World of Jan Brett. Opening February 4, this new traveling exhibit brings the stories of the admired children’s author/illustrator to life. Folk tale story settings and favorite characters jump off the pages with original artwork. The exhibit is on display at the Museum through May 14.

“Visitors to the exhibit are going to be able to interact with their favorite Jan Brett stories like never before,” explains Karla Szekeres of the Oshkosh Public Museum. “The World of Jan Brett takes the book out of the reader’s hands and places the reader inside the book.”

The exhibit features more than 70 original paintings and kid-friendly graphics and labels. A perfect school outing, the exhibit highlights many of the Jan Brett stories included in early elementary curriculums. The exhibit encourages playful exploration of cultures around the world.

Exhibit programming offers hands-on activities that bring the pages and paintings of Jan Brett’s stories to life, including videos of Jan Brett telling of her adventures. Interactives 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 also offers comfy spots to sit and read Jan Brett’s books.

A series of special weekly programs, held at either the Oshkosh Public Library or Oshkosh Public Museum, will further enhance the visitor’s experience. The weekly theme changes every Saturday to focus on a different book. For a complete listing of dates and program details, visit

Jan Brett will be signing copies of her books from 1-3 p.m. at the Museum 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, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in partnership with Jan Brett. The exhibit’s display at the Museum, located at 1331 Algoma Boulevard, is part of a nationwide tour. 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. For more information on The World of Jan Brett or the Museum’s other exciting events and exhibits, visit

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

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.