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The History Museum at the Castle

330 East College Avenue, Appleton, WI 54911
920-733-8445
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Ranked #10 of 16 Attractions in Appleton
Type: Specialty Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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Smyrna
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62 reviews 62 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

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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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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28 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 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

Wichita, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

This is a good place to spend a couple hours, visiting some nice temporary exhibits and the Houdini area upstairs. Has some stuff to play with and some fun interactive diaplays..

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

We appreciate your great review! Come back this fall for an exciting exhibit about neon signs. We also have an exhibit about local Black history that is currently traveling through the community. Visit myhistorymuseum.org for its current location. More

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

The outside of the castle was very impressive looking. The inside was not as impressive. They really pushed the Harry Houdini exhibit on the 3rd floor. It was the least impressive exhibit in the castle. A neat Alex Rodriquez Appleton Foxes jersey.

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

We'd like to invite you back for a fresh visit to see our current exhibits, including "Food: Who We Are and What We Eat." Spear a sturgeon in a life-sized shanty, and learn about how food traditions help shape our community. Attend one of our upcoming special programs. Celebrate Houdini's self-professed birthday by learning some of his illusions. We'd like... More

Denmark
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014 via mobile

We loved the museum. The Houdini exhibit was pretty fun. They have interactive exhibits, fun for kids. They can even perform a magic act for friends, and try and escape a jail cell. The Wisconsin history and Appleton exhibits are pretty neat. We had a nice time here, well worth a trip. It on Y took an hour to see... More

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

You can spend as much time as you'd like when you visit. There are hands-on activities on all three floors. Once the kids broke out of jail, did they spear a sturgeon in the "Food" exhibit? Glad your visit was time well spent. More

Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

The displays were interesting. The hands on displays about Houdini are fun and engaging. Nicely done.

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

Glad you enjoyed your visit. We're developing some unique exhibits, so continue to check our website. More

Wausau, WI
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013 via mobile

My daughter just finished a Houdini book so we decided to check out the museum. She loved it--great hands-on activities. The food exhibit was interesting, too. We were there about 2 hours and didn't see everything.

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

How cool that you could explore the History Museum at your leisure. Some people zip through in half an hour. Others have stayed from opening until almost closing time. The Museum is designed to allow visitors to take in as much as they choose to explore. Thanks for sharing your experience. More

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