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.

Month of May 2017
Annual Student Art Show

May 13
"Nimble Fingers" Fiber Arts Workshop

June 3
Ice Cream Social and Dedication of Tutton Exhibit Gallery

July 23
Old Settlers' Day Celebration

December 2
Christmas at the Museum

December 3 thru April 2018
Museum closed for the season

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Palmyra Historical Society
Main & Third Streets, PO Box 265
Palmyra, WI 53156-0265
(262) 495-4245, 495-2412

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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. Check here again for more added events.

Month of May 2017  •  Annual Student Art Show
This year's Annual Student Art Show features visual and 3D artwork from our local high school and grade school students plus select pieces from our high school's industrial arts class.

May 13  •  "Nimble Fingers" Fiber Arts Workshop
Come to the Turner Museum, 10 am - 2 pm, for a fun-filled day of fiber arts. Bring your own craft of knitting, crochet, crewelwork, or other handwork  -OR-  Bring a funky skein of yarn (knobby, hairy, etc.) or skein of ribbon and learn to make a braided fashion rope.

This event is designed for females of all ages but is open to and welcoming of men and boys as well. This occasion aims to recognize the many old-world fiber arts crafts passed down through the ages and offers a newer one (the fashion rope) to include for future traditions.

Refreshments will be served. You are also welcome to bring a sack lunch.

June 3  •  Ice Cream Social to Celebrate 40 Years of Palmyra Historical Society
and Dedicate the Tutton Exhibit Gallery

Join us for ice cream in celebration of 40 years as Palmyra Historical Society, and congratulate Terry Tutton following a ceremony at 1 pm to dedicate the Terry and Mary Tutton Gallery. On exhibit will be a display showing the evolution of our organization from 1976 to the present. 

July 23  •  Old Settlers' Day Celebration
Old Settlers' Day has been celebrated in Palmyra since 1885, and the Palmyra Historical Society is proud to host this longest running Wisconsin celebration tradition. Bring eating utenstils and a dish to pass and join us for an afternoon of celebration to honor a long-time couple (or individual) of Palmyra, who'll offer a little history about their lives in Palmyra. In addition to honoring the chosen celebrant(s), we recognize the 50th year class reunion members of Palmyra-Eagle High School. Everyone is welcome to attend the event and join in the fun. We hope to see you there!

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 model railroads only.  If you have toy trains to display or run on our tracks, please call Tom Rauschke at (262) 495-8003. We have many track gauges to accommodate your trains.
  • 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).
  • 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

December 3 thru April 2018
Museum closed for the season