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Oshkosh Public Museum

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Address: 1331 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh, WI 54901-2799
Phone Number: 920-424-4731
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10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Nutcracker

Went to the nutcracker exhibit at the Payne museum..... what a wonderful, magical evening. Every room decorated to correspond with a part of the story of the nutcracker... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
SusanH7
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26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went to the nutcracker exhibit at the Payne museum..... what a wonderful, magical evening. Every room decorated to correspond with a part of the story of the nutcracker. Amazing..... Then the various displays of interesting and unique nutcrackers are wonderful. Female nutcrackers???? Who knew!!

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Thank SusanH7
Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

The exhibits were very well done and staff helpful and informative. There is really an amazing amount of collections to see. We enjoyed the Great Gatsby era exhibit and the Grandma's Attic collection.

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1 Thank Kim M
Shorewood, Illinois
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

This is one of the finest local museums I've ever been to. The exhibits are very well done, and the house it is in is great to see too. We spent a much longer time here than we expected. Highly recommended.

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Thank czook52
WI
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128 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I have been going to the Oshkosh Public Museum since I have been a child. The museum has changed for the better since I've been that little boy. They seem to change exhibits often, while also bringing in MAJOR exhibits. They also have preserved some of the older exhibits that celebrate the history of Oshkosh. I love that they have... More 

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Thank TravelWII
oshkosh
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28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Wonderful smaller museum with informative displays. We have loved the apostle clock that chimes and figures come out, since we were children.

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Thank elizabeth t
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

A beautiful mansion donated to the city, the only condition being it be put to public good. There is quite a story behind the house, including a terrible fire some time ago, and all the restoration work that has been done. Galleries highlight the history of Oshkosh as the lumber capital of the USA, an amazing model of the Paine... More 

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Thank SUSAN B
Oshkosh, United States
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44 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This is an amazing museum in the heart of Oshkosh. Great information about the history of the city and a view into the life of days gone by. Amazing architectural detail in parts of the home, though some has been modernized for convenience. Beautiful grounds, and be sure to also visit the Paine Art Center that is kitty corner across... More 

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Thank Sarah A
Omro, Wisconsin
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43 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

I always loved this museum. When I was young it had a fantastic bird collection that is now gone possibly due to diseases. Public Museums should be free of charge to visit. I don't like it that they now charge admission.

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90 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Used to visit it every year as a child and returned there as an adult to go through it again and was amazed at what a great museum this is! My favorite is the Apostle Clock, beautiful to watch!

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Thank jmetroj
Wisconsin
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64 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

This little museum is a gem! One leaves with a sense of pride in the community and its history in the lumber tradition. Exhibits are well chosen for the limited space. Our kids love the apostle's clock! It is always an interesting place to check out.

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