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Paper Discovery Center

Address: 425 West Water Street, Appleton, WI 54911
Phone Number: 920-380-7491
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Ranked #11 of 50 things to do in Appleton
Type: Specialty museums, Museums
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Type: Specialty museums, Museums
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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English first
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

If you want your kids to learn, you give them experiences they don't forget, like this one. Sure, there's plenty of interpretive displays on the history of paper-making and on it's face, covering that topic sounds like a 101 snoozer coming on, but this place infuses plenty of energy and interaction into the learning process. If your kids (or the... More 

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Appleton, Wisconsin
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

My husband and I went with my family to the PDS. What a fun afternoon! I'm a crafty person and enjoyed learning how to make paper. They have a museum of info graphics about paper in this area and it's very interesting. Definitely a fun little stop in Appleton! Their gift shop also offers a bunch of goods - I... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

My husband and I stopped here as we were in the area for a wedding and although we're in the Appleton area fairly frequently, we had never been to the Paper Discovery Center. After paying the fairly low admission price ($5/adult, I believe), we were shown a short video to introduce us to the paper industry, specific to the Fox... More 

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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50 reviews 50 reviews
18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We went for a school field trip and I was happily surprised at the high level of interaction there was for the students. They were able yo make connections between the simple machinss we studied in class and had a great time with all the activities.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
3 reviews 3 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

For a low cost ($5 per adult, $3 per child, or $12 for a family) the attraction consists of a short 3 minute movie, self guided educational tour, and guided crafts. The highlight was that they help you make your own paper that you can take home, which was informative and fun. A great time for a great price!

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Flint, mi
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842 reviews 842 reviews
166 attraction reviews
371 helpful votes 371 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Want to know how trees become paper? This place will show you. Paper is made from other stuff than just trees... have fun and make your own sheet of paper. Be sure to look out the windows when you are here. The river view of the rapids is great.

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Silver Creek
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Ever wonder about paper??? I didn't but after going through the Paper Discovery Center I discovered lots of interesting facts about paper and saw some really cool things. Well worth the trip to the river front and then stop in the little coffee restaurant for a beverage on the back porch and then go next door to that for a... More 

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Top Contributor
99 reviews 99 reviews
41 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We visited this museum recently with our son and daughter -in-law and grandchildren 4 & 6. At first glance, I thought this might have been a mistake for our very active grandchildren. However, I soon realized that there was much there to keep even that age group engaged. They loved to make paper and the instructor was very patient with... More 

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Location is gorgeous and worked into the museum's displays nicely. Very interesting place, but best of all is that you get to make a piece of paper. Brought out my inner child - I had a great time and enjoyed every minute. Wonderful docents! This is well worth the small admission charge. There was also a very nice looking small... More 

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Middleton, Wisconsin
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Very neat place to learn history about paper and how it impacted this region of Wisconsin. Staff was very nice. We got to make our own paper to take home which was pretty cool. All in about 45 minutes -- so well worth the trip and nominal charge.

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