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Paine Art Center and Gardens

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Address: 1410 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh, WI 54901
Phone Number: +1 920-235-6903
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11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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The Paine Art Center and Gardens is a historic estate with art...

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.

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The Dressing Downton Exhibit ........ wonderful

I had never been to this Museum. It is a hidden gem. The history of it is very interesting. It was the perfect venue for the Downton exhibit.

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 21, 2015
Waukegan, Illinois
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Waukegan, Illinois
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

I had never been to this Museum. It is a hidden gem. The history of it is very interesting. It was the perfect venue for the Downton exhibit.

Thank BetsyStiles
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Awesome place to go and unwind. It's a little piece of history, hidden right in the heart of the city. They have a botanical garden out back that you go for a nice summer evening stroll. I know my mother brought me and my brother and sister here as kids to take pictures.

Thank RealYoungCity
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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58 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

They were setting up for a wedding the day we visited. The grounds and flowers were so pretty. The house was not open. They were closing a display of outfits from Downton Abbey and sending along to the next site.

Thank sdblue1944
Merrill, Wisconsin
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103 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

The architecture, the English gardens, and above all else, the exhibits make our sojourn to the Paine a bi-yearly experience. We have such fond memories of UW-Oshkosh Art Department and from the 60's to the present, the Paine plays an I portent role In our experiencing ambience and Art!!! If you are heading to Oshkosh, treat yourself to this magnificent... More 

Thank Kathleen W
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

My husband wasn't going to go at first. He thought there would be too many women's fashioned. Was he surprised to find that there were just as many men's fashion's. We both enjoyed the show very much. We live in town and go to the Paine at least 5 times a year. The gardens are wonderful too. My girlfriend and... More 

Thank RosemaryPeter
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

The exhibits are always worth seeing. However, my favorite part is the history of the Paine house and the intricate architecture and artwork throughout the home. Every summer the gardens are beautiful as well, and are free with Admission.

Thank Sam S
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

The Dressing Downton exhibit was fantastic! The curator(s) nicely displayed the costumes in various rooms of this magnificent home. Though the exhibit is finished, I would visit the Paine again for the wonderful architecture, period pieces, and stunning gardens. Well worth the time!

Thank MacGirl_12
Jackson, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

The grounds were beautiful and wonderfully kept. A wedding was just starting when we were about to leave. At the time the interior was "taken over" by Downton Abby clothing. We were forbidden to take pictures inside, but outside was ok. However due to the Downton Abby exhibit, we did not see many pieces of art. A little disappointing, but... More 

Thank Marty K
Waupaca, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

I've been the the Paine Art Center several times and lived each and every visit . The house and the gardens are beautiful. It's old world Wisconsin at it's finest.

Thank Kathy H
Novi, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

We went to see the house and the Downton Abbey dresses. We had seen the dresses last year at Winterthur. I must say that the Winterthur display was much better. It was set up differently, there were more outfits, the displays were more interesting and photography was allowed. Winterthur created their own project with the dresses. The curators explained that... More 

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