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The History Museum at the Castle

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Address: 330 East College Avenue, Appleton, WI 54911
Phone Number: 920-735-9370
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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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okay but did not like paying the admission

We went despite some poor reviews. We are a thrifty family, but decided to pay for a museum outside of the ASTC reciprocity that we are members of because of the Houdini... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We went despite some poor reviews. We are a thrifty family, but decided to pay for a museum outside of the ASTC reciprocity that we are members of because of the Houdini exhibits.... like previous reviewers, we were somewhat disappointed. The Houdini exhibits were all crammed together and it made the experience seem small. There was an exhibit on neon... More 

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Sewell, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Very much enjoyed the exhibit about Appleton "native," Harry Houdini, the famed magician. It was excellent!

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We went specifically to see the exhibit of black people in Appleton Wisconsin. The museum has a traveling exhibit that goes to schools. This part consists of large panels with pictures of the area. Aretha Franklin eating in a private room because she couldn't be served with the rest of the customers. A local man who traveled on the Freedom... More 

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Lake Mary, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

What a wonderful staff, so helpful and truly knowledgeable. Incredible displays of Neon Art and several Historical pieces to enjoy.

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Oak Creek, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

The best part of this museum was the Houdini area. Fun. Other areas were only okay. They do have rotating exhibits, so be sure you see what is there at that time.

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San Mateo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

The exhibits are on three floors and there is an elevator available. Most of the display centers around Harry Houdini and his magic. Worth a visit.

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Its all about Harry Houdini life. All 4 floors hold your mind in wonderment. I was a child all over again at times there. Even though I have never grown up. Staff are very helpful. No one rushed you out. You can film or take all the pictures you want

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Portland, Maine USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

The museum focused on Harry Houdini's history and stunts and especially appeals to children. Houdini lived in Appleton. Very clean and proper.

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Cape Cod
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We were traveling from Green Bay to Madison as part of a 10 day tour of the upper Midwest and stopped at the museum to check out the Houdini exhibit and the Neon Signs. CLOSED! Oh damn...the only day we would be in town. I noticed a group of school kids - obviously on a field trip) going in the... More 

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

The Harry Houdini floor was interesting and informative. Just being in the historic building was cool. There was a nice tribute to the history of the fox valley in the lower level.

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