Throughout the year the Paine offers a spectrum of educational programs for people of all ages.

The Paine’s distinctive combination of resources, including the mansion, collections, and gardens, inspires a variety of learning experiences about art, architecture, and nature. Educational programs explore the concepts and processes of architecture, art and gardens and bridges the relationship between creativity and everyday life.

To learn more about the Education Programs provided at the Paine contact Kelly Seidl, Educator, at (920) 235-6903 ext. 34 or

Family Discovery Gallery

The Family Discovery Gallery offers more than a dozen “hands on” exhibits about architecture, art, and gardens. In the style of a children’s museum, the interactive gallery encourages family participation in activities that cultivate seeing, thinking, and creating in fun and new ways. In the warmer months, children can take a specially designed backpack to the gardens for further exploration. The gallery is open during museum hours and free with paid admission to the Paine (free for Members).

Field Station

The Field Station is a special area of the gardens with nature activities designed for children and their families. Explore science and literacy activities in the playhouse, or put on a performance with musical instruments and props on the stage. In addition, there is an outdoor digging station, a balance beam, and nature sensory tables for children and their families to discover the joy of outdoor play together.

Tour and Talks

The Paine offers a variety of opportunities for schools and organizations to enhance their curricula. Field trips are free of charge to school groups, and can be tailored to fit learning targets. The Paine welcomes community partnerships, and has enjoyed hosting the Head Start, Oshkosh Public Library, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters for educational activities. Call (920) 235-6903 ext. 40 or email to arrange your visit.


Family Programs

To complement the seasonal exhibitions, families are treated to educational presentations to enhance their understanding of the content. Some of the offerings include: storytellers, animal performances, and nature experts. No reservation necessary, all ages welcome.

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Young Artists Workshops

Inspired by the exhibitions, the Paine offers a series of art workshops for youth ages 9-12. This educational series gives children the ability to go in-depth with artist-grade materials and work with experienced teaching artists. Sessions are held once a month during the exhibition. Students are welcome to attend one or all of the classes in the series. Those who attend all of the classes will earn a Young Artists Certificate and a special artistic gift. Classes are in the Paine’s conservatory, and each session closes with a sharing time and refreshments. Space is limited, registration required.

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Tuesday – Sunday
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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Please note: The Paine has special hours and admissions during Rooms of Blooms, presented March 1-4 & 8-11, 2018.

Paine Art Center and Gardens

1410 Algoma Blvd
Oshkosh, WI 54901

(920) 235-6903