Oshkosh Public Museum

Museum from 2nd floor down Museum moose Museum ceiling Museum dark fireplace Museum Clock Museum covered bridge displayI am posting this a day early because we want to hop in the car at o’dark thirty to drive back to PA.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Today I am grateful for the Oshkosh Public Museum.  The same day we went to the Paine Art Museum, we went to this place first for their Deck the Halls exhibit.  What a low-cost, completely satisfying day.

While the public museum is not decorated quite as elaborately as the Paine, it is still wonderful and well worth your time since they are practically across the street from each other!  My pics are a teaser, but go to their website for far better pictures than I can provide.

What I love about this place is that there is very, very little that is off limits for visitors.  You can spend as much time as you want getting close to the fabric walls, the ornate woodwork and the gorgeous fireplaces.  No body breathes down your neck, glaring at you if you get too close.  And the clock, alone, is worth the trip.  Be there on-the-hour when all of the Apostles come out and bow to Jesus. . .except Judas!  Brilliant!

If you’re lucky, really lucky, Brad Larson, the Director, will buzz around a corner at full tilt and nearly slam into one of you, then stop and chat for an half-an-hour, even though you know he must have better things to do.  What a fine person.  We had a wonderful conversation about Corning Glass Works, where my husband once worked and Kohler Companies Arts & Industry Program, which my husband once ran.  Oh, and Brad’s wife is a Curator at The Paine!  Apologies to all if I got the wrong position!  It was two weeks ago and I can’t remember what I had for breakfast today.

So today I am grateful for the Oshkosh Public Museum and urging all of my Wisconsin friends to get their butts over to Oshkosh for a day trip!  Even the most curmudgeony of you will be catapulted into the Christmas spirit.  You’re welcome!

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