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Over 500 children offered free admission to view annual holiday exhibit

The annual Deck the Halls holiday experience at the Oshkosh Public Museum has truly become a community event.

In staying true to its mission, the Museum provided free admission to 526 children under age 18 during this exhibition and over 1,500 adults took advantage of the reduced admission rate. In addition, over 200 local students and caregivers visited as part of a group field trip.

Holiday decorations reminiscent of the times filled the historic Sawyer home from November 22, 2015, to January 3, 2016, and the life-size Christmas Village exhibit windows showcased a collection of toys on loan from volunteers and community members.

The 2016 Christmas Village exhibit theme is "miniature holiday trees" and once again the Museum is reaching out to the community to help decorate the display cases. Contact Curator Debra Daubert at 920-236-5767 or email for more information if you are interested in donating a decorated tree.

An exhibition opening premier for Be the Dinosaur™ will be held on Monday, February 1. The Museum will be open from 10 am to 4:30 pm for this special event, and Joseph E. Peterson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Geology at UW-Oshkosh, will present "Behaviors of Dinosaurs" starting at 3 pm.

Dr. Peterson has been studying various injuries in Cretaceous dinosaurs over the last ten years. He will discuss his research on these injuries, or "paleopathologies," and how they can provide insight into the paleobiology and behaviors of dinosaurs. The lecture is free with general admission and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Pre-registration is requested by contacting Karla Szekeres at 920-236-5763 or email.

Be the Dinosaur™ is a groundbreaking fusion of state-of-the-art video game technology and traditional exhibits featuring full-size dinosaur bones, a paleontology field station, a Safari Jeep and much more. Unleash your wild side and experience the largest and most complex restoration of an extinct ecosystem ever created. The exhibit will be on view until May 16, 2016.

Regular hours at the Oshkosh Public Museum, 1331 Algoma Boulevard, are Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am-4:30 pm and Sunday from 1 pm-4:30 pm. However, the Museum will also be open on Monday, February 1 and May 16 from 10 am-4:30 pm for the Be the Dinosaur™ exhibit. For more information about the Museum's programming events and exciting exhibits, visitoshkoshmuseum.org, call 920.236.5799 or email email.

About the Oshkosh Public Museum
The Oshkosh Public Museum is a regional history museum, nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Housed in the historic Sawyer home since 1924, the Museum is entrusted with the care of approximately 250,000 artifacts and historical documents representing all aspects of the region's people and heritage. The Museum is dedicated to excellence in preservation of historical collections strongly focused around the Fox River and the extensive Winnebago watershed; interactively communicating the story of Oshkosh and the Lake Winnebago region through well-researched, quality exhibitions, programs and publications; and engaging guests in ways that inspire discovery. For admission, hours and more information about the Museum's exciting exhibits and events, visit oshkoshmuseum.org, call 920.236.5799 or email email.

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