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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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Description: The Paine Art Center and Gardens is a historic estate with art galleries...
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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A Castle in my Backyard

The Paine is one of the gems of not only the city of Oshkosh, but of the entire Midwest. The stately mansion and grounds has so much to offer, as the mansion itself is a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

The Paine is one of the gems of not only the city of Oshkosh, but of the entire Midwest. The stately mansion and grounds has so much to offer, as the mansion itself is a wonderful place to get lost in the beauty of what the original owner was trying to create for his family, but is a fantastic setting... More 

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Omro, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

This gorgeous home was built by the Paine's who owned Paine Lumber Company in Oshkosh. They never lived in the home. The architecture is fantastic and is furnished with the original furniture. Well worth a visit and tour of the grounds.

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Omro, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

my sister had her wedding here in the garden and it was just absolutely beautiful, flowers were still in bloom and had very well kept grounds, the building was very open feeling and gave it an open air feel even when every one was in at the tables or dance floor. i really don't have a single bad thing to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The Paine has unique traveling exhibits of different art collections. We also like the house itself with its history of Oshkosh and the Victorian era. The gardens are amazing and so well maintained. They offer great photography subjects and a beautiful stroll through nature,

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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

As a family, we visit the Paine every December for the Nutcracker event. Each time they add a new twist as well as sticking with their time tested favorites. It's become a Christmas tradition!

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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Attended a wedding in the gardens, it was absolutely lovely ..a gorgeous old building with character that you don't often find anyplace anymore! Well manicured lawns and gardens and well kept buildings. They hold a lot of wonderful events here, I especially like the Christmas decor and events, flower shows, exhibits. A must see if you are in Oshkosh, WI

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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

My wife and I, along with our friends Dan and Nancy, visited The Paine Art Center and Gardens on Feb. 28 to see the “Winslow Homer in America” exhibit. The exhibition features 125 original wood engravings from his work from the late 1850’s through the mid-1870’s, which includes a number of Civil War scenes. I found this exhibition quite interesting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

I t was by far the best Christmas exhibit I saw yet. And I have seen A LOT !! The staff was so helpful, and friendly. I am so glad I went.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We took a shopping break on Black Friday and did the self guided tour of the Nutcracker in the castle with our teen aged granddaughter. The house was beautiful and the Xmas decorations amazing. The trees were all different and rooms told the story of the Nutcracker. The docent in the gift shop was very knowledgeable. Even our granddaughter got... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We visited the Paine Art Center and Gardens this morning. The house was fascinating. It's huge and was built to replicate a home that has been in a family across the centuries so the decor of the house changes from room to room as if it's been built onto. The grounds are lovely though they are not extensive. Be sure... More 

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