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The History Museum at the Castle

Address: 330 East College Avenue, Appleton, WI 54911
Phone Number: 920-735-9370
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Ranked #8 of 12 Attractions in Appleton
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: 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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Menomonie, Wisconsin
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113 reviews 113 reviews
30 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

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... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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12 reviews 12 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

This is a neat little place that has great a variety of transactions. If you like history check out this little gem by the Lawrence University campus.

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Kewaunee
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Took my 2 daughters to the museum and we wandered around first looking at the building itself. Beautiful .We had a lot of fun in the Houdini area- we found out you really can get out of a straight jacket. The amount of history on the first floor is amazing. Well worth visiting.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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854 reviews 854 reviews
415 attraction reviews
249 helpful votes 249 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

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.

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This is a very interactive museum ( the Houdini exhibit ) and a pretty good time. Went with my parents and they loved it! Also some really cool Appleton area history in the lower level as well!

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Smyrna
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73 reviews 73 reviews
7 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This is a grear repurposed building--truly looks loke a castle. We went specifically to see the Houdini exhibit. The exhibit was really interesting and revealing about the talents of the illusionist; however they really need a docent on the floor in the exhibit to help explain and demonstrate the hands-on items. We as adults had trouble getting some to work... More

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Menasha, Wisconsin
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Toured the Houdini exhibits--excellent presentations--kids enjoyed the many hands on--staff was friendly and very helpful--

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South Haven, Michigan
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29 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We visited the History Museum during the visit of the da Vinci exhibit. We loved all the pieces and the grandkids loved the hands-on and demos. We also visited the permanent Houdini exhibit. It was great for adults and children with learning for all.

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Denver, Colorado
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The Houdini exhibits were really fun and interactive and we are adults. I can just imagine how kids would like them. Good thing for a rainy day along with the Paper Mill Adventure near by. They reveal some of Houdini's tricks which showed how ingenius he was. There are visiting exhibits from time to time and also Edna Ferber a... More

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Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We spent more time in this "castle" museum than we expected. We loved the architecture and stained glass windows so was a hit before we even went to the exhibits. Very interesting local paper-making history and exhibits. The Houdini floor was interesting and done well and shared some "secrets". Probably good for kids of all ages.

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myhistorymuseum, Manager at The History Museum at the Castle, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words. We hope that you visit us again! Check back this fall for an exciting exhibit about neon art and signs! More

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