The History Museum at the Castle

The History Museum at the Castle

The History Museum at the Castle
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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. We also pay tribute to Pulitzer Prize winning author Edna Ferber, and put Sen. Joseph McCarthy into perspective.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Vàlerie H
Belvidere, IL34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Family
There are 2 floors and the upper floor is dedicated to Houdini and history of toys. There is some hands on activities in the Houdini section and sanitizer bottles are available. The way Houdini died was not what I thought. The toy displays were very interesting as both my husband and I remembered owning some of the very same toys years ago.
Written 13 February 2022
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Mike L
Alabama Mountain Lakes, AL322 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Couples
The building is gorgeous. I guess we visited this museum at a time when there were no extra exhibits. The staff was very friendly. The building was clean, but there just were not enough exhibits to make it a museum. The Houdini exhibits caught my attention. Most of the exhibits here were not working. Also, the opening hours makes it hard for a traveler staying in town to see this museum and check out other locations on the same day. It should open at 9:00 a.m. to aid with that issue. If I were traveling through this area and looking for things to do, I would sadly say pass this one!
Written 19 June 2023
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ktbeenthere2015
New York City, NY265 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023
Just before writing this, I came across Mike L's review below. His findings in the museum mirrored mine. We went to the museum primarily for the Houdini exhibit, but most of the displays - entirely geared to children - were out of order. Given Houdini was part of Appleton the town touts, a more comprehensive history would create inquisitiveness and spark interest. The exhibits on Appleton and suffragettes (I think temporary) on the ground floor did not create a sense of wonder or curiosity, flatly relating that era of history on posters. The museum's saving grace was a fantastic video on Appleton that is upstairs in a back room - we almost missed it; no one told us it was there. Although long, it gave great background on the area. For what was presented and operational, the $10 entry seems high.
Written 13 July 2023
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funfamily7travel
Rockland, WI43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
The building itself was pretty neat but the exhibits were the main attraction. The ABC's of the Fox River area was very informative and at a level for all to understand. I have lived on the opposite side WI from Appleton all my life and learned a few things about that area and our state. The Houdini exhibit was interactive and fun. The staff was friendly and parking was easy and free. It had a nice little gift shop. I would recommend for all.
Written 9 January 2022
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jodin61
Pensacola, FL15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have to take issue with the previous review. My wife, 20 year old son and I visited the museum late on a Friday afternoon. We only budgeted an hour and needed more time. As an exhibit designer, I was extremely impressed by the lively and meaningful interactive exhibits--something that is difficulty to pull of in history museums. My wife and I are museum people and our son is definitely not and yet we had a great time together. The current local sports exhibit is very clever and engaging and is a must for local people. Overall the museum had the most creative and professional exhibits I've seen in a small museum in quite some time.
Written 25 July 2010
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C K
Milwaukee, WI79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
It's a smaller, three floor museum but it's packed with well planned, interactive exhibits that kept us entertained for four hours! The Houdini Exhibit is delightful for all ages--we saw kids, young couples, teens & seniors enjoying activities here. We love that this is a history museum 'for the rest of us' that highlights 19th century life. (What's not to love about an historical neon sign exhibit with flashing chickens, and tasty dawgs?!) On the lower level, I couldn't help but smile when I picked up a Bell telephone & heard short oral histories given by local people about their workday.
Written 11 May 2015
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D V
Wautoma, WI75 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Family
Looking for rainy day activity to do. Found info online. Took kids. They enjoyed the Houdini exhibits - especially the interactive parts. Kids also enjoyed the area on Toys, Having just recently toured Packer hall of Fame my kids were not too interested in the NFL display. I found some of it interesting. It was a good way to spend a rainy afternoon, some parts good, some parts seemed old and in need of an upgrade. I felt prices were a little high for what we got to see.
Written 25 September 2018
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dennyl589
Chattanooga20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2017 • Couples
this museum features events that encompass the local history. Houdini, McCarthy and many other individuals as well as the local Asylum, toys, and art. The exhibit on toys was real wonderful; they had a video loop running of the toy commercials that ran in the 50's and 60's I'm kinda old so I remember those toys
Written 15 June 2017
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Professor H
Menomonie, WI157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
Visiting the Houdini section of the Museum at the Castle was the main purpose of our visit. We planned our trip so that we would arrive mid afternoon on Wednesday to visit the museum. Parking was convenient - located directly behind the museum. It is easy to find, just off College Ave. near Lawrence University. Again, we were the only visitors while we were there so we were able to explore leisurely and thoroughly. We had plenty of time to view all the displays and read and view all the exhibits. It was very informative and well laid out.
We enjoyed the rest of the museum also and learned a bit about the Fox Valley area. We were even given a preview of the new exhibit that was going to be opening the following week. The staff was very helpful. They have a very nice gift shop. We recommend this to any Houdini fans or anyone interested in the Fox valley area.
Written 16 November 2014
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QuickWhitTravel
Washington DC, DC3,793 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I liked this museum for its versatility and content. Plenty for kids (and adults) in the Houdini exhibit, but also plenty of local and state history downstairs. I particularly appreciated the timeline downstairs.
Written 12 October 2014
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