Museum Updates

    Closed to the Public 

On Tuesday, September 29, 2020, the Museum will be closed to the public. Installation of new internet cables will happen on this day. Staff will not be able to respond to telephone calls or emails. Please be patient as we will be up and running on Wednesday!     

We Are Doing Our Part

We will exercise caution in Managing COVID-19 for the safety of our guests, volunteers, and staff. The Museum has installed signage, hand sanitizer stations, and clear acrylic shielding. 

If we see a decline in virus numbers, we will review our

plan and operations with the goal of relaxing limitations

of the following:

  • Grandma’s Attic will be closed
  • Hands-on elements will be removed from the Pioneer Cabin and Oneota Longhouse
  • Museum interactive displays will be unavailable

Masks are required for admission to the Museum. We have masks available, free of charge if you need one. 

Upcoming Exhibition

Museum Curiosities & Their Stories

August 16 - 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


Walking Tours at Riverside Cemetery, Oshkosh

We are offering two different walking tours this fall, Cemetery Tales and Symbols in the Cemetery

Tours start on Saturday, September 26 and run through Saturday, October 24.

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Enrichment Program Calendar

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Enrichment Programs