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Paine Art Center and Gardens, Oshkosh

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Art Museum Museum
The Paine is a historic estate that 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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TripAdvisor
  • My wife and I visited the Paine Art Center to see the painter Greg Blietz exhibit. The artist's works were very interesting, and more so the walk-thru and history of the Paine mansion. We are not from...  more »
  • This is a lovely mansion, and now a museum in Oshkosh. Last year, we bought tickets for the Downton Abbey clothing, used in the series. It was a delight to see various costumes in multiple rooms of th...  more »
  • Arrived on a Friday Morning. Very few people were there, so it was nice to be able to wander the rooms at our leisure. It is set up for both an artistic and an historical perspective. It is well worth...  more »
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  • This museum is a surprising gem! Went to see the Audubon exhibit, which was amazing and the docent was very knowledgeable about the exhibit and the Paine itself. Can't wait to go back for the Nutcracker exhibit. The gardens are a real treat. So many places to wander and just enjoy. Take the opportunity to sit in one of the many benches placed around the grounds and just take it all in.
  • Without the gardens up for viewing this time of the year, it´s a bit of a short ride. Nice digs, have to say that.
  • I wish this museum were closer. I would visit much more often. The traveling displays are amazing. Today it was the artwork and prints of John James Audubon. I love birds so this was definitely one of the best. There is so much more to the museum but today we spent time in the beautiful gardens.
  • Was here for the Nutcracker in the Castle. So beautiful! Follows a story line as you walk through.
  • Beautiful and historic. I look forward to the Nutcracker in the Castle every year. The Sugar Plum Fairy Cafe is so beautiful and magical for my kids.