Rescheduled Exhibition

Rescheduled to July 2021

The Oshkosh Public Museum was preparing and planning for the enduring story of the ill-fated White Star liner RMS Titanic to dock once again at the Oshkosh Public Museum on August 12, 2020. But as our country manages the COVID-19 pandemic and with continuing uncertainty for the remainder of the year, a decision was made to reschedule the exhibition to 2021. Museum staff believes it is the right thing to exercise caution and move the exhibition to July 2021, for the health and safety of the public and Museum staff being our priority.

Titanic and the tragedy of its passengers and crew are one of the few events in history that has immediate name recognition. There is a seemingly never-ending fascination with Titanic. In the summer of 2021, the Oshkosh Public Museum will unveil this long-awaited, unique exhibition, Titanic: The Wisconsin Connection. Over two years in the making, this exceptional exhibition is based on in-depth research of Wisconsin passengers, conducted by Museum staff and researchers from Experiential Media Group. There were over fifty people on the great ship, in all classes, who were either from Wisconsin or were journeying to the state as immigrants. This exhibition tells the story of twenty of those passengers and is being developed specifically for the Oshkosh Public Museum. It will premier in Oshkosh in July 2021 through October 2021. 

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Upcoming Exhibition

Museum Curiosities & Their Stories

August 16, 2020, through January 10, 2021

How did a wedding dress save a WWII soldier’s life? When is a dollhouse NOT a dollhouse? What is unique about an old milk bottle? What type of prisoner used wooden handcuffs? Why would a message be hidden inside a top hat? Who wore these bazaar slippers?   Why would pebble stones be saved?

Museums collect objects to preserve and educate us about our past. But sometimes, artifacts have extra special sagas to tell, which are not evident by just looking at them. The Oshkosh Public Museum has combed through storage to find those items with the most intriguing chronicles to share. Missing will be the usual exhibition data-driven labels of who used what, when, and where, instead visitors will have revealed to them the captivating and sometimes even spine-tingling accounts associated with the artifacts.

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Permanent Exhibition

People of the Waters

People of the Waters features interactive media kiosks and a dynamic forty-foot long glass wall that showcases an array of artifacts from the Museum’s extensive collection, representing at least 13,000 years of history from Paleoindians through the Fur Trade. Learn more about the over 1,000 artifacts that make up this incredible exhibition through the Virtual Exhibition. 


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Exhibitions & Programs


Virtual Program on Zoom
Saturday, Nov 14, 1:30 pm
Rochelle Pennington

Pennington traveled to the countries of England and Scotland to research Sir Ernest Shackleton’s epic 1914 travels aboard the ship Endurance with his crew of 27. The incredible feats achieved during the voyage have inspired generations since. The author’s program will detail the extraordinary acts of determination used by the men to move fearlessly forward as they triumphed over the frozen Antarctic expanse where their lives were threatened daily. A leader among leaders, Commander Shackleton taught his men how to employ their thoughts to overcome every obstacle and to persevere against all odds and he can inspire us to do the same. Considered “ the greatest survival story in history,” the journey lives on today as a timeless model which shows how ordinary people, armed only with the simple power of attitude, can dive headfirst into immense adversity and emerge victoriously. The program will feature dozens of authentic documents and stunning photographs taken during the expedition. The cost is $8, and free to Museum Members. Please call to register for this program, 920-236-5799.

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