The Paine Is An Incredible Palace Hiding Right Here In Wisconsin

In Oshkosh, Wisconsin, there’s a palace hidden in plain sight. The Paine Art Center and Gardens is easy to miss, located in an area that’s surrounded by quiet residential neighborhoods, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and the Fox River. It’s a place with street lights and sidewalks and no princes or princesses to be seen.

But step into this magical historic estate and you’ll feel like you’ve entered a royal dream world. The Paine is an architectural gem, a place created by a lumber baron who wanted to use his timber riches to create an opulent home like no other. While not everything with this house went to plan, the experience he sought to create is alive and just waiting to be discovered.

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The Paine Art Center and Gardens is open Tuesday-Sunday throughout the year, and reservations are recommended. As of the time of publication, the admission fee is $12 for adults, $7 for kids ages 5-17, and free for kids 4 and under. The center frequently holds interesting educational and cultural public events, so it’s a good idea to check their calendar to see what’s coming up. Once you’ve toured the Paine, you might consider spending a night in this Wisconsin castle, the dream of another wealthy lumber baron.

Address: Paine Art Center and Gardens, 1410 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, WI 54901, USA