Museums & History

Oshkosh has four historic museums, each with its own unique and inspiring legacy. Spend an afternoon or a whole weekend exploring one or all of Oshkosh’s unforgettable museums.

The EAA Aviation Museum is home to the world-famous EAA AirVenture and year-round destination to explore world-class aviation, aircraft displays and galleries. Exhibits include homebuilts, SpaceShipOne, antiques and classics, air racing and Pioneer Airport. Families and kids will love the KidVenture area, which allows guests to get hands-on with airplanes, simulators and other interactive exhibits.

 Down the road from the EAA is the Military Veterans Museum and Education Center, which honors our nation’s military history and features more than 20 historic military vehicles such as the Brutus gun truck and 'Lil Brutus gun jeep. Designated as the Home of the 359th Transportation Company, Vietnam, Stories are told of the experiences of these Vietnam Vets, along with other Veteran's stories. Other collections include small arms and artillery, uniforms and a Medal of Honor Wall.

Oshkosh’s Public Museum explores the Lake Winnebago region and features interactive, family-friendly exhibits that bring history to life. The interactive People of the Waters exhibit explores Wisconsin’s prehistoric past and Native American culture. Throughout the year, the museum hosts an incredible rotation of engaging temporary exhibits. Stunning woodwork, artwork, fine glass and ceramics, and rich Tiffany treasures adorn the museum.

Neighboring the Public Museum is the Paine Art Center and Gardens. This historic estate is revered as an “American Castle” and features art galleries and display gardens. The Paine estate has twenty, stunning garden areas, each designed to create outdoor rooms showcasing a wide variety of ever-changing flowers and plants. Throughout the year, the Paine presents changing art exhibitions, from classical to contemporary, as well as seasonal events like Nutcracker in the Castle during the holidays.