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Paine Art Center & Gardens, Oshkosh
(4.8/5 based on 190 reviews on the web)
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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  • The Paine Art Center and Gardens is a must see. If you are interested in viewing the inside of a mansion or if you are interested in a variety of wood used in woodworking, this is the home to see. Thi...  more »
  • This is a must see if you are in the area. Many different rooms to visit and the interior is exquisite. Weather permitting the outside garden is a nice place to walk and enjoy the garden. Inside there...  more »
  • We saw the John James Audubon large format prints exhibit at the Paine Art Center. Wow, what a magical exhibit in a perfect venue! A number of his large format (life sized) prints were on display in f...  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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Wisconsin throughout the year. The mansion is incredible and they offer many different kinds of exhibits and special events to the public.
  • Beautiful gardens, interesting architecture, several Poke stops.