Museum to close June 12 - June 23

Closure necessary for installation of new People of the Waters permanent exhibit

The Oshkosh Public Museum has announced that it will be closed to the public from June 12 to June 23 for the installation of their new state-of-the-art long-term exhibition, People of the Waters. The Museum will reopen on June 24, however the main floor gallery will remain closed off from public view until the big reveal on September 5, 2017. 

People of the Waters explores the richness of prehistoric and early life in Oshkosh and the surrounding Lake Winnebago region that spans 13,000 years. The key storyline and interpretive elements for this cutting edge experience focus on the study of the Ice Age, Native American cultures, and the impact of the Fur Trade, providing enriching field trip opportunities that align with and enhance classroom instruction. 

The official grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony for People of the Waters is on Tuesday, September 5, starting at 10 a.m. Celebrations continue with a series of special programs that are being offered every Saturday from September 9 through October 21, sponsored by Nevitt Law Office. For more details and the complete list of events, visit 

A special exhibit of early Camp Fire Girls ceremonial gowns used locally, along with some accessories, will be on display at the Museum from June 24 to July 9 to help commemorate the 80th anniversary of Camp Hiwela, a youth camp in Wild Rose that operated from 1937 until it was sold in 1995. 

Located at 1331 Algoma Boulevard, the Museum’s 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 is closed on Mondays and all major holidays. 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, 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and discovery of Oshkosh and the Lake Winnebago region, entrusted with the care of more than 300,000 collections and historical documents representing the history, culture and heritage of the region.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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