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Group Visits

The Oshkosh Public Museum has long been a popular destination for groups of all types. Make your group reservations in advance to take advantage of the many group benefits. Call today at 920-236-5763, or email kszekeres@ci.oshkosh.wi.us, to get the adventure started!

Cost

The Museum offers free admission to students visiting as part of a pre-scheduled group outing with the Oshkosh Area School District (grades K-12), including any private, charter, parochial or homeschools in Oshkosh. Students on field trips from outside the Oshkosh Area School District are $3.50 per child. Children receive free admission for group visits reserved in advance with the following clubs and organizations: Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Oshkosh Boys & Girls Club or Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fox Valley Region.

Chaperones

One adult chaperone per 10 students is admitted free. An adult admission fee of $7 is charged for each chaperone in excess of the Museum's required chaperone ratio. Groups with special needs may require additional chaperones. Call 920-236-5763 with questions about your group.

Museum Manners

The Oshkosh Public Museum is an exciting place of discovery, learning and inspiration. In order to enhance your experience, please adhere to the following guidelines while visiting the Museum. 

  • Use quiet inside voices and walk respectfully in all areas of the Museum. Please be courteous of others and act responsibly.
  • Stay with your group. Chaperones must remain with students at all times; they are responsible for their students’ behavior and for facilitating an enjoyable and engaging learning experience for all.
  • For their safety, and of course the security of our exhibitions, children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Food and drinks are not allowed in the galleries, to include water bottles, coffee cups and other covered containers.
  • Please do not touch or lean on any of the works of art, sculptures, artifacts, tapestries, walls, cases or other objects. The oils from our hands and bodies can cause serious damage over time.
  • Some exhibits have interactive hands-on features, which should be treated with respect. When you are finished playing or using something, please return it to where you found it.
  • Photography and video recording for personal use are encouraged, unless posted otherwise. Selfie-sticks, tripods, or umbrella-type lights are not permitted. Objects or furniture in the galleries may not be handled or moved.
  • Most important, have fun! Enjoy your visit and come back to see us again. Better yet, become a Museum Member and enjoy unlimited year-round access to fun and education.

Arrival

Groups enter and leave through the Museum main entrance on the south side of the building. The group leader should check-in and pay at the Museum Store prior to bringing in the students. The entrance can become crowded with large groups, so please be patient while we orient individual groups. A limited number of coat hangers are available and it is recommended to leave coats and other personal items on the bus, weather permitting. 

Parking

A bus unloading and loading zone is available just outside of the entrance. Bus parking is available in the RiverValley Church parking lot, directly across from the Museum on High Avenue.

Lunch

The Museum does not have lunchroom space available to eat lunch indoors. In the spring and summer months, weather permitting, large groups are welcome to picnic outside on the Museum grounds. All groups must bring their own lunches.

Museum Store

A favorite among visiting groups, we also have an excellent Museum Store with many affordable souvenirs, from postcards and old-fashioned toys to children's books and historic photographs.

Tips for your Visit

  • Make a pre-visit if possible before bringing your class to familiarize yourself with the building and exhibits. Wisconsin teachers should call 920-236-5763 in advance to schedule a free tour. Upon arrival, please sign in and present your current school ID in the Museum Store. A gallery guide is also available on our website.
  • Plan for about one and a half hours to see the Museum. This includes seeing all traveling and permanent exhibits, including our interactive Grandma's Attic and Pioneer Log Cabin, seeing the Apostles Clock and visiting the Museum Store.
  • Remember that the Apostles Clock chimes every hour on the hour. Most groups schedule their visits so that they can see the clock chime at least once.

Museum Hours

The Oshkosh Public Museum is open to visitors on:

Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4:30pm

Sunday, 1pm-4:30pm

The Museum is closed on Monday and all major holidays.

Accessibility

The Oshkosh Public Museum is committed to providing superior customer service to all visitors. We offer a variety of services to ensure the best possible accessibility to the Sawyer home, grounds and facilities in recognition of the diversity of our general public’s abilities and needs.

The Museum is fully handicap accessible. A wheelchair lift is located just inside the main entrance. For special needs, please contact us at 
museum@ci.oshkosh.wi.us or 920-236-5799.