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Address: 425 West Water Street, Appleton, WI 54911
Phone Number: 920-380-7491
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Excellent - Much Better Than Reviews Led me to believe

This was far more hands on than I expected. In fact, it was mostly hands on. My teenagers loved the activities, and there were plenty of stations for younger kids as well. Making... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 8, 2015
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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63 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Paper!? Can you feel the excitement! Kids love paper, right? Who's idea was this. Can you say government grants children? My kids took a field trip here for school. I went with them. There is almost nothing of interest at this place. If you are in appleton and want to take the kids someplace take a walk on a river... More 

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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50 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

This was far more hands on than I expected. In fact, it was mostly hands on. My teenagers loved the activities, and there were plenty of stations for younger kids as well. Making paper was my husband's favorite activity.

1 Thank Lydiakzoo
Oak Creek, Wisconsin
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42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

While it did seem to be a huge field trip destination, it was a fun place to visit. They had little stations set up with experiments. The kids were able to do each experiment with only little guidance. In fact, my kids could probably still tell you all about the water repellant little pants. The icing on the visit was... More 

2 Thank wantt0travelthew0rld
Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

What a perfect attraction for Appleton, which historically was home to many, many paper mills! A great way to learn about the history of commercially made paper, and also learn about how to make your own handmade paper from recycled materials! I love it! :D

2 Thank Mel1007
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85 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We got to see the history of paper making in Wisconsin. There was a short video presentation as well as getting to see the world's first cloned tree (dead of course). Our guide even let us make paper, showing us the correct way to handle a "coochie".

1 Thank Little M
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46 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

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 

1 Thank Seldom-seen-schultz
Appleton, Wisconsin
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122 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 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 

1 Thank cjm920
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 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 

2 Thank MargyB123
Appleton, Wisconsin
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87 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014 via mobile

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.

1 Thank Kathryn C
Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 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!

3 Thank gbpianoman

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