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The History Museum at the Castle

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Address: 330 E College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911-5715
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+1 920-735-9370
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The History Museum at the Castle presents award-winning local history as...

The History Museum at the Castle presents award-winning local history as well as national exhibits through hands-on experiences that engage people of all ages. We're best known for our exceptional interactive Harry Houdini exhibit that reveals the magician's illusions. Don't miss the exclusive Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion interactive exhibit now through February 3, 2013! We also pay tribute to Pulitzer Prize winning author Edna Ferber, and put Sen. Joseph McCarthy into perspective.

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Interesting Houdini Exhibit

This was our first visit to the museum and we thoroughly enjoyed it. They had a very interesting Houdini exhibit and also a toy exhibit which brought back a lot of memories. It... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our first visit to the museum and we thoroughly enjoyed it. They had a very interesting Houdini exhibit and also a toy exhibit which brought back a lot of memories. It was a self guided tour so we just took our time looking at all of the different exhibits. I would definitely put this on your itinerary if... More 

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Greenville, Wisconsin, United States
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

I took my two granddaughters ages 17 and 15 to visit the museum. I always like to do something with them before they head back to school. I have lived in this area all my life and never gone here myself. I thought it would be something they would enjoy and I was eager to see it as well. It... More 

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

While you visit beautiful Appleton Wisconsin a must see is History Museum at the Castle. The featured attraction is the Houdini Exhibit, a magical trip reliving the mystical life of Harry Houdini. Learn how Houdini captivated the World, yes the World with his feats of illusions that amazed the World. He lived in Appleton Wisconsin and has been one of... More 

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East Troy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016

We enjoyed the Houdini exhibit. It was more interesting if you pick up the sheets they offer on things to look for. The exhibit was interactive and fun. We also enjoyed the exhibit on the history of paper and the old time doctor's office. Visiting the toy exhibit brought back many fond memories.

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 31 October 2016

My family is always looking for a great museum to explore and this was a great one. The Houdini exhibit was by far the most interesting and entertaining,

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1 Thank carmenwalsh1970
Alexandria, Virginia, United States
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Reviewed 19 October 2016

This museum was a good way to kill an hour, but the displays are mostly geared towards a younger crowd (think 8-12). Staff was extremely friendly and the building is beautiful. Check out the photography exhibit about the homeless in the basement, it was very moving.

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Thank Carly S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 October 2016

This museum is an underrated gem. Unlike so many community museums that are just of collection of isolated dusty relics from the past, the History Museum at the Castle presents great themes that are displayed with cohesive pieces, and the local links are truly integrated into the complete context. The Houdini exhibit is neat because it includes artifacts as part... More 

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 5 September 2016

A small museum that is impressive for its size. They have a wonderful exhibit on Houdini. It is conveniently located in downtown Appleton near Lawrence University.

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Thank KAK828
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Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Our whole family enjoyed the trip. Three floors of exhibts, many of which were interactive. Family discount was helpful. We would visit again.

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Green Bay
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Reviewed 25 August 2016

This is a great place to take a family and spend a 1-2 hours. It is indoors so makes a perfect rainy day or cold day activity. They have a family rate of $20. Their current exhibit has to do with bicycles. There is a simulation you can ride a bike like you are going through different areas/terrain. There long... More 

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