Welcome to a new season at
Turner Museum and Carlin House!

Open Saturdays 10-2

Coming Events

Please see our Calendar of Events
for more information.

April 5-19

Turner Museum Open with the Annual Student Art Show

April 26
Carlin House and Turner Museum Open with Regular Exhibits

July 22
Old Settlers' Day

December 1
Christmas Tree Lighting and Santa Visit, Museums are Open 10 am-8 pm
Events Begin after the Holiday

December 2 thru April 2019
Museums closed for the season

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Palmyra, WI 53156-0265
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Home : Turner Museum Exhibits

The Turner Museum

Exhibits are now being prepared for the 2018 season.   Below are a few of our previous exhibits.


Student Art Show


Palmyra Answers the Call in World War II, a tribute to the many men and women from Palmyra who dedicated themselves to the war effort.                              Frank Murn of Palmyra




  • Ancient Palmyra, a collection of images of the now embattled Syrian city for which Palmyra, Wisconsin, is named.
  • and Palmyra's Deep Rock Spring and Its Restoration.

The Turner Museum is also showing its permanent Palmyra, Then and Now exhibit.

Photo: A part of Palmyra, Then and Now

Past Exhibits


  • Antique Tools
  • Boy Scouting in Palmyra
  • Business Advertising Items
  • Clothing Worn in Palmyra, 1860 to 1940
  • Cornish Immigrants to the Palmyra Area
  • Duck Hunting around Palmyra
  • The Life and Times of Helen Thayer (PHS 1919) as seen through her self-created yearbook
  • One Hundred Years of the Palmyra State Bank
  • Rare Books from the Turner Museum Collection
  • The Remarkable Inventions of Palmyra Businessman George Rundell
  • Sixty Years of Flying in Palmyra
  • The Spring Lake Flood of 2008
  • The Tischaefer Family


  • Civil War Artifacts from the Turner Museum Collection
  • A Rare Book which describes the experiences of Palmyra sailor George Holcomb who was lost off the Philippine Island of Samar in WWII


  • How Old was that Deer?
  • Owl Pellet Analysis