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Address: 330 East College Avenue, Appleton, WI 54911
Phone Number: 920-735-9370
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Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: The History Museum at the Castle presents award-winning local history as...
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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nice small museum

nice small museum...three floors...small fee to get in. nice way to spend a couple of hours. some of the exhibits in the Houdini part could be updated, fixed, etc.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 15, 2015
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The kids would like this place better than adults. I was disappointed with what there was to look at and read. I always wanted to go there so we did and will not go back.

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Baraboo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

nice small museum...three floors...small fee to get in. nice way to spend a couple of hours. some of the exhibits in the Houdini part could be updated, fixed, etc.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

An interesting building housing some unique exhibits. I thoroughly enjoyed the neon signs and paper making models, though it was the Houdini exhibition that stole the show. They also have a pretty little gift shop and friendly staff.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

This small town museum does an extraordinary job with the space, time and monies they have to work with. If you come for the Houdini exhibit, and you should, just temper you expectations a bit as many of the hands-on elements are showing signs of their extensive handling by youngsters. But don't let that detract you for soaking in what... More 

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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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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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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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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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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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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