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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 #10 of 50 things to do in Appleton
Type: Specialty museums, Museums
Owner description: The History Museum at the Castle presents award-winning local history as well as national exhibits...
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Type: Specialty museums, Museums
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Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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Appleton, Wisconsin
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I'm not sure if I have the correct date, but I visited when the Neon Exhibit was there. It was really cool. I also saw their exhibit about area food venues. Both exhibits were very well done.

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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

The Houdini Museum was very interesting, wasn't a whole lot to look at though. They had a Neon sign display which was interesting.

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Menomonie, Wisconsin
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35 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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286 helpful votes 286 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
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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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7 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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17 helpful votes 17 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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