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.

October 28
Deadline for Gingerbread House
contest entries

December 2
Christmas at the Museum
Dolls and Dollhouse Community Collection on display

December 3 thru April 2018
Museum closed for the season

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2017 Calendar of Events

Museum Hours:
Saturdays, 10 am to 2 pm, May thru first weekend in December.
Free Admission, but donations are welcome.

2017 promises to be more eventful.

October 14-15  •  Kettle Moraine Art Studio Tour
Stop by the Turner Museum for one leg of the Kettle Moraine Art Studio Tour and see the works of two area artists.

October 28  •  Gingerbread House Contest and Raffle
This year's Holiday Art Contest calls for entries of Gingerbread Houses, with prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. (See entry rules below. Deadline for entry is October 28.) Put your create talents to work! Not sure you have the flair for making a Gingerbread House? Buy a raffle ticket instead for your chance to win a board-member-made house. Proceeds to support the Palmyra Historical Society.

December 2  •  Christmas at the Museum
Turner Museum and Carlin House are open 10 am to 2 pm. Later that evening (around 5:30 pm),
Christmas Tree Lighting and Santa Visit fun will be had at the Museum
. This year features:

  • The Collections from the Community exhibit features dolls and dollhouses. Doll stands, baby buggies, and other props are welcome. If you’d like to set up a doll or doll house display at the Turner Museum, please contact Tom Rauschke at 262-495-8003. Setup will begin November 27th.    
  • The Community Christmas Tree Lighting, with its glitter and glow of holiday charm, takes place after the 5 pm Holiday Parade (at approximately 5:30 pm).
  • A Gingerbread House raffle drawing will be held at 6:45 pm. Tickets are on sale at the museum throughout November and during the Christmas Tree Lighting and Santa Visit.
  • And the Visit from Santa, that jolly ol' elf in red, follows the tree lighting and will continue until the party ends.

Museum volunteers viewing past Community Collection


Gingerbread House Contest and Raffle

Few things spark the magic and wonderment of Christmas like a well-adorned Gingerbread House. Young and old, alike, delight in the festive icing-and-candy-laden structures.

You’ve seen them on display in restaurants, shop windows, and at homes during Christmas time.

We invite you to exercise your talents and
create a holiday Gingerbread House.

The Palmyra Historical Society is announcing its call for entries, challenging you to create a Gingerbread House and enter it in this season’s Holiday Art Contest at the Turner Museum. Cash prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, and houses will be on display at the Turner Museum through December 2, which is the Christmas Tree Lighting and Santa Visit (following the holiday parade).

Entry Rules

1. One entry per person.

2. House and grounds must be constructed on rigid surface (thin board, thick cardboard, etc.) covered with a pleasing display surface (tin foil, waxed paper, etc.).

3. House and grounds must be made entirely of cookies, frosting, and candy. (Kit-made houses are acceptable.)

4. Your name, address, email, and phone number must be legibly written on an index card and secured to the structure. If you wish to have your house returned to you, please indicate so on the index card.

5. Entry deadline is October 28, 2017. Drop off the entry on either of two Saturdays (October 21 or 28) at Turner Museum between 10 am and 2 pm.

6. Winning entries will be selected by November 4 (and all entries will be on display through December 2). Winners need not be present to win.

7. Those wishing to have their house returned may pick it up at 7 pm on Saturday, December 2, or by arrangement.

We look forward to seeing unique and fanciful Gingerbread Houses and encourage anyone, young or old, to participate!



Like the look of Gingerbread Houses but not sure you have the creative flair for making this type of art form?    No worries.

You may still be able to enjoy this confectionery delight during the holidays.

In addition to the contest, the historical society is raffling a variety of Gingerbread Houses. Come to Turner Museum on any Saturday during November or on December 2nd to purchase a ticket and enter the drawing. Winners will be drawn December 2nd at 6:45 pm and may claim their house then or by arrangement with a board member.


December 3 thru April 2018
Museum closed for the season