Where Past Meets Present

Pickard Vase
About Us

Artifacts & Exhibits

Our exhibits serve to educate, inspire and entertain. Designed by our professional staff who gather an array of objects, a compelling narrative, and add a touch of creativity, our exhibitions aim to bridge past to present while serving as an educational tool for teachers and students in Rock County.

Crafting Excellence Exhibit

Crafting Excellence

Crafting Excellence: The History of Pauline Pottery & Pickard China tells the story of superior ceramic craftsmanship, the decorative art of Pauline Pottery and Pickard China.

New Exhibit: [email protected]!

Embracing all decades and encouraging playtime, [email protected] features toys past and present and offers experiences unlike any in a static exhibition. Let that inner child in you come out to play within in this interactive space. Have fun playing our assortment of games, embrace your inner superhero and much [email protected] is THE destination for families and children of all ages. Opens April 1, 2016!

Toys at Play

Our Artifacts

Every object has a story. Comprised of all shapes and sizes, the Society’s vast artifact collections contain everything from political pins to art and even an Iron Horse! Our collections that were previously showcased primarily in our exhibits are now available in online galleries. Easy online access gives the Rock County community a chance to gain an immediate understanding of our many treasures.

Toy Concrete Mixer

Upcoming Events

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426 North Jackson Street
Janesville, WI 53547 United States
April 4 | 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm



426 North Jackson Street
Janesville, WI 53547 United States
May 25 | 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
60th Annual Tallman Arts Festival



426 N Jackson St
Janesville, WI United States
August 6 | 10:00 am to 4:00 pm