People of the Waters Grand Opening is September 5

New long-term exhibition explores prehistoric and early life in Oshkosh and surrounding region

The Oshkosh Public Museum is thrilled to announce the grand opening of their new, state-of-the-art main floor permanent exhibition, called People of the Waters, is scheduled for Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Celebrations are marked with a series of special programs and events that are being offered throughout September and October.

This incredible interactive exhibit is the result of many years of research and development, and well over a year of construction. The old, outdated Wetlands & Waterways main floor exhibit was dismantled during the summer of 2016 to make way for this new long-term exhibit that explores the richness of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 were selected based on public input and feedback from a focus group of teachers. Survey results indicated that fully 65% of respondents ranked a Native American exhibit as their number one choice. People of the Waters links directly to the educational goals of Wisconsin Act 31, which focuses 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 ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 5, to include an introduction and gallery walk led by Museum Director Brad Larson. Guided tours through the new exhibit will be offered hourly between 12:00 and 3:00 p.m. The Museum is pleased to present a special program series every Saturday starting at 1:00 p.m. from September 9 to October 21, sponsored by Nevitt Law Office. For more details and the complete list of events, visit

The Oshkosh Public Museum will be closed from June 12 to June 23 for the installation of People of the Waters, and the gallery will remain closed off from public view until the big reveal on September 5.

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. Please contact Karla Szekeres at 920.236.5763 or if you would like to schedule a field trip. 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.