Living History

Living History

This fall, take a trip back in time in Oshkosh. Catch live theater at an 1880s opera house, admire classic aircraft and explore the halls and gardens of a lumber baron’s sprawling property. Oshkosh has a timeless charm that’s fun to explore during this season of changing colors.

EAA AirVenture Museum

This impressive museum details the history of aviation back to its earliest days. The museum’s collection features more than 250 incredible aircraft. Explore unusual and historic airplanes, including vintage military aircraft. The museum appeals to airplane lovers of all ages – kids enjoy hands-on, interactive displays. The museum is home to four movie theaters and frequently hosts special public events. Learn more.

Paine Art Center and Gardens

The Paine Art Center and Gardens is one of the most beautiful estates in Wisconsin. The magnificent mansion and gorgeous gardens were constructed for lumber barons Nathan and Jessie Paine. The Paine’s dream estate is a pleasure to explore. The estate was designed to resemble the gardens of the English countryside. It’s glorious in the fall. The Paine is also home to a gallery that features exhibits throughout the year. Learn more.

Grand Opera House

For more than 130 years, crowds have been entertained by grand performances at the Grand Opera House in Oshkosh. Built in 1883, it’s the oldest operating theater building in Wisconsin. The beautiful and historic venue, which seats 600, hosts nearly 100 performances a year, including plays, concerts and performing artists. The Grand Opera House is on the National Register of Historic Places. Learn more.

Oshkosh Public Museum

This local history museum is one of the finest local history museums in the Midwest. It explores the Lake Winnebago region and features interactive, family-friendly exhibits and rotating annual exhibitions. The museum’s extensive collections are housed in the Sawyer family mansion, built in the English Tudor Revival style in 1909. The most popular exhibit in the museum is the Apostles Clock, an eight-foot clock completed in 1895. Learn more.

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