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Paine Art Center and Gardens

1410 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh, WI 54901
+1 920-235-6903
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Ranked #2 of 10 attractions in Oshkosh
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Art Museums
Owner description: The Paine Art Center and Gardens is a historic estate with art galleries and display gardens, located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The historic Paine... more » Owner description: The Paine Art Center and Gardens is a historic estate with art galleries and display gardens, located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The historic Paine estate serves as a multi-faceted museum for learning and inspiration. The museum preserves the mansion, surrounding architectural structures, and many of the interiors as they were created by founders Nathan and Jessie Kimberly Paine. Selections from the museum's art collection, much of which was acquired by Nathan and Jessie, are featured in the many rooms and settings of the estate. Outdoors, the Paine maintains and enhances numerous display gardens as "galleries" of horticulture with varied designs and thousands of plant specimens. In addition, the museum presents a wide variety of changing art exhibitions, from historical to contemporary, within the estate's galleries and gardens. The Family Discovery Gallery, located on the house's lower level, offers "hands on" activities about architecture, art, and gardens for people of all ages. « less
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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

A wonderful museum with a rich local history. Exhibits change every few months and the Christmas events are worth a special trip. The gardens are spectacular spring through fall.

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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Visited this museum during the summer when the Tiffany Glass Exhibit was there. It was breathtaking. The Art Center is very nice, with lovely exhibits and nice grounds. The display of annual flowers was gorgeous.

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Beautiful building and grounds—such a nice oasis for Oshkosh. The Nutcracker is now a family tradition. We always take the guided tour. Rooms of Blooms will be coming up shortly! Looking forward to that as well. The Paine is such a nice place and so well done. With our annual family pass ($75) many times we go just to walk... More

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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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53 reviews 53 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

The museum is a beautiful, historical mansion, with wonderfully landscaped gardens. They continually make improvements and add activities. The Nutcracker display and performance at Christmas was enhanced by the addition of the Sugar Plum Fairy house, where kids can make their own cupcakes. The art collection is special, as well.

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Nashotah, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Visited it two different times for special exhibits. They were both done very well. Heard the grounds are beautiful during the spring/summer blooming time. Hope to go there during Xmas next year!

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Beautifully decorated art museum for Christmas - Nutcracker theme. The Sugar Plum Fairy was dancing ballet in the dining area for guests, who could also enjoy a beautifully decorated cupcakes. They have tour guides dressed like the Nutcracker characters & ballerinas performing to songs from the Nutcracker!! Truly unique & beautiful!

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Hortonville, Wisconsin
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

We had never been to the Paine Art Center before and I'm glad we finally stopped. It is beautifully decorated for Christmas and the Nutcracker story. We took the "candlelight tour" however other than handing you a battery operated candle and heavy candle holder, there is nothing different about this tour. There is no need to have a "candle" which... More

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Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

I've always loved visiting the Paine Art Center and Gardens, reveling in quiet walks through the serene pathways of the well-kept grounds and taking in every one of the high quality art shows that grace the main exhibit hall. I'm lucky enough to live nearby, so I'm a member of the Paine, and visit it fairly frequently. Seeing special events,... More

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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

I make a point of going to the Nutcracker every year. The transformation of the mansion into the Castle is breathtaking, with each room decorated to one of the worlds of the story. Every year there is something new to discover, (honestly, I don't know if it is new or if I missed it on a previous visit. ) This... More

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Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

Having the Paine Art Center in our backyard is truly a delight! One we have seen through the eyes of our out-of-town guests again and again. The mansion and the gardens are well worth the trip but the exhibits and special events are so unexpected and outstanding that they take new visitors by surprise every time. A visit at Christmas... More

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