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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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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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Interesting view into the history of Appleton.

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Oak Creek, Wisconsin
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22 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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 4 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 97 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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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

It's a smaller, three floor museum but it's packed with well planned, interactive exhibits that kept us entertained for four hours! The Houdini Exhibit is delightful for all ages--we saw kids, young couples, teens & seniors enjoying activities here. We love that this is a history museum 'for the rest of us' that highlights 19th century life. (What's not to... More 

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St. Paul
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

The museum is in a cool building, which unfortunately is the highlight of visiting. Nestled in a bustling area of Appleton, it is visually interesting when you approach the front door. After you enter, one word comes to mind - SHABBY. The museum is dusty and dingy with cobwebs in the corners. They might not have a large budget to... More 

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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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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Additional Information about The History Museum at the Castle

Address: 330 East College Avenue, Appleton, WI 54911
Phone Number: 920-735-9370
Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Appleton
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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