A hankering for history is what leads many to reenact famous Korean War battles or chop down a cherry tree so it can be whittled into false teeth like Abraham Lincoln once did. Soothe your history pangs with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get two admission tickets to the Oshkosh Public Museum (up to a $14 value).
The two-level, 10,000-square-foot Oshkosh Public Museum houses more than 250,000 items, which represent the history and heritage from Oshkosh, the Lake Winnebago region of Wisconsin, and the United States. Fine art, folk art, decorative art, textiles, toys, natural history, and Native American objects make up the permanent collection, and traveling and temporary exhibitions provide a particular perspective for visitors to ponder, such as the upcoming Signs of the Times, a glimpse at 150 years of Wisconsin signage, including beer ads, banners, business markers, and boy scouts practicing semaphore signals.
The 1908 Edgar Sawyer home, whose insides were designed by Tiffany Studios of New York, now holds several of the museum's exhibits. The child-friendly, hands-on log cabin lets kids explore the average midwestern settler’s domicile, and Grandma’s Attic lets youngsters try on old-fashioned clothing and handle historical artifacts. The 8-foot-tall 1895 Apostles clock, named one of Wisconsin’s top-10 attractions, has been coming to life at the top of each hour with music and a mechanical band of biblical miniatures since 1948, when Paul Bunyan forsook it as his pocket watch.