Paine Art Center and Gardens

Paine Art Center and Gardens

Paine Art Center and Gardens
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Gardens • Art Museums
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Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Escape to a historic estate with breathtaking botanical gardens, classic European-style architecture, an exquisite art collection, changing art exhibitions, and unforgettable seasonal events. Located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the Paine Art Center and Gardens is open year-round to visitors and offers a spectrum of inspiration through all the seasons.
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  • Ellen B
    Hortonville, Wisconsin702 contributions
    Great Sunday Afternoon Stroll
    Just spent another great afternoon at the Paine Art Center and Gardens. Admission was free for Mother's Day, so my husband and I decided to browse the gardens after brunch. The gardens are absolutely beautiful, and many families were there enjoying a Sunday afternoon stroll. The crabapple trees and the tulips were especially grand. If you go, don't miss the garden kaleidoscope. It is a big planter you can spin and view through several eyepieces. When the sun hits the flowers it is visually breathtaking! Admission to the Art Center itself was also free, but the line was way too long for our patience! Next time. . .
    Visited May 2021
    Written May 11, 2021
  • Jennifer O
    Fords, New Jersey158 contributions
    Must do for Oshkosh.
    Definitely a must do for Oshkosh. Your admission covers a self guided mansion tour, art exhibits and access to the gardens. The house was beautiful and all art and rooms were very well explained on the interpretive signs. I recommend watching the film running in the basement to get the full backstory. The gardens were pretty but I think they would be more magnificent in the spring with the flowers blooming. I would definitely return again and again since the art exhibits change.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 7, 2023
  • evansthecat
    44 contributions
    This is a do not miss stop in Oshkosh
    Stunning mansion. As we learned, it was never occupied by the builder because of a downturn in the lumber business. However, they have filled each room with beautiful period appropriate furniture and it has a comfy, lived in vibe. The stained and tinted glass throughout the space gave everything a warm glow. We enjoyed the art in the main gallery as well. It was well suited to the building. We must return to enjoy the gardens in the summer, but it made a great stop on a snowy Wisconsin Friday. We were also able to take in the area history museum across the street, also housed partly in a lumber era mansion.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 12, 2023
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Lana R B
Oshkosh, WI12 contributions
Feb 2023 • Solo
I became a member in December after touring the annual Nutcracker exhibit. It was such an awe inspiring event that I decided I wanted to be a part of all of the exhibitions. I was able to attend the member only pre-opening of their latest exhibit featuring local artist Tom Utech. I was able to look through the castle without all of the Nutcracker additions. It was just as inspiring!
Written March 5, 2023
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Ellen B
Hortonville, WI702 contributions
Jul 2023 • Solo
I’ve been to several exhibits at the Paine Art Center and Gardens over the years. They’ve all been great, the current Rodin exhibit (it will be on display through October 8, 2023) is particularly noteworthy. It is incredibly well curated. The sculptures by Rodin are incorporated throughout the museum, each one in a perfect setting. It’s definitely worth the trip to Oshkosh to see.
Written July 23, 2023
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Ellen B
Hortonville, WI702 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
My husband and I recently visited the Paine to see the Christmas Nutcracker displays. The mansion is beautifully decorated throughout, cleverly integrating the Nutcracker theme.

Each room has its own design theme, all the way from the lady of the house dressing room to the main salon. The tale of the Nutcracker was present in a display in most of the exhibits. The trees were so attractively decorated, which picked up on the theme of each room. There even was an upside down tree!

I look forward to seeing the next Paine exhibit!
Written January 7, 2023
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Mark R
Wisconsin2,554 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
A truly beautiful place to visit. We have been here many times over the years and have enjoyed traveling exhibits such as Chihully Glass and Downton Abbey. Also there are recurring events like Rooms of Blooms, the annual plant sale and the Nutcracker.

All of these are set in the beautiful and historic Paine mansion. There are gardens, art collections and astounding architecture to enjoy.

This is a must see and once is not enough!
Written March 14, 2020
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sales735
Oshkosh, WI6 contributions
Dec 2019
A must see venue in Oshkosh. Historical and beautiful. Traveling art collections set in a gorgeous mansion. Seasonal displays and a huge garden. Great setting for photo shoots. And the Christmas display is something you will remember forever .
Written February 18, 2020
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lindakerr8
Las Vegas, NV516 contributions
Aug 2021
Beautiful home and a wonderful experience to a by gone era! The history and beauty of this home is a hidden gem within Oshkosh. The gardens are STUNNING anytime during the blooming season. Military discounts were given!
Written August 14, 2021
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SLC
8 contributions
Aug 2022
If you're in the Oshkosh area, this is a must see. Beautiful mansion, history and gardens. Friendly staff. What a beautiful gift the owners and developers gave the Oshkosh community. Worth every penny of entry fee and glad to help support and keep this wonderful place open.
Written August 18, 2022
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dmkrusito
Maple Grove, MN102 contributions
Aug 2022
They had their Nature of Light tour at the time we went. Beautiful house & Gardens. We went during the day, the lighting in the gardens was on, but I'm sure it's fantastic at night. Inside, they had light displays in several rooms. Very stunning! A short video in the basement gives the history of the house & gardens. A definite must see!
Written August 17, 2022
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TMD4U
Wisconsin24 contributions
Dec 2011 • Couples
We booked the guided tour for the Nutcracker and at the time of booking we were told the maximum number of participants within a group was 15. We were extremely disappointed when we arrived to find out the group had 46 ! You felt like a herd of cattle being moved from room to room, it was such a let down. The castle itself is beautifully decorated but if you are looking for an evening of storytelling and relaxation this is not the venue you are looking for.
Written December 5, 2011
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Karen C
Oshkosh, WI71 contributions
Aug 2013 • Couples
Read between lines and check out the real history of the Paine. The family never moved in due to death threats from the under-paid laborers that lived in the row houses by the river. The workers threatened to blow up the hose if the Paines moved in, when the workers families were poor and owed everything to the rich Mr. Paine. Ask the locals whose grandparents worked inOshkosh during this time. Beautiful art and interesting decorating. Maybe if Mr. Paine was a far employer he would have enjoyed this mansion.
Written May 29, 2014
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