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“First Rate” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The History Museum at the Castle

The History Museum at the Castle
330 East College Avenue, Appleton, WI 54911
920-735-9370
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Ranked #8 of 12 Attractions in Appleton
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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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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“First Rate”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

The building itself is worthy of seeing. The history there is wonderfully preserved. They have great international exhibits come through. We just had Leonardo DaVinci's mechanical working wonders come through, and the Houdini Exhibit is always a steadfast feature.

Visited January 2013
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myhistorymuseum, Public Relations Manager at The History Museum at the Castle, responded to this review, March 1, 2013
You've covered all the bases.Thanks for such a comprehensive review. Please come again.
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“Historical and delightful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

The History museum has many interesting displays. The Houdini exhibit is fantastic. Da Vinci was amazing. The building itself is a treasure. The stain glass on the first floor tells a story of the beginning of Fox River Valley. Can't wait to see what the museum has in store for the future.

Visited December 2012
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myhistorymuseum, Public Relations Manager at The History Museum at the Castle, responded to this review, February 21, 2013
We like that you think the History Museum is a local treasure; we think so, too! There are so many fascinating stories and fun interactive exhibits to be found here. We hope to whet your appetite for our next local history exhibit, "Food: Who We Are and What We Eat," which will open in Spring 2013. Think local family food traditions, historic changes in the food industry, local products and innovations, and all the places where we love to eat--supper clubs, burger joints, ethnic eateries and right around our kitchen tables. Foodies and non-foodies are welcome!
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“neat building, three floors to explore, don't miss the autmoated knight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

From the get go the architecture of the building is fascinating! There's three floors to explore. The lower floor is Appleton history--from great photographs, the paper mill history and more local history. The middle floor was the Leonardo Da Vinci Machines in Motion exhibit which ended Feb. 3rd. What a fantastic hands on, beautifully crafted, historical replicas of Da Vinci's works. This was worth traveling many a mile for! The upper floor was more of the Leonardo exhibit plus a permanent exhibit of Houdini and his "tricks of the trade". Again this was hands on with great history. A highlight was some of the artwork housed in the coat room and the automated knight in the lobby entry. We spent four hours here easily taking it all in. The Leonardo exhibit drew us in, but overall it's a great museum worth a visit anytime. Maybe a normal visit might run 2-3 hrs. but with the Leonardo exhibit we easily did four hours.

Visited January 2013
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myhistorymuseum, Public Relations Manager at The History Museum at the Castle, responded to this review, February 8, 2013
Sounds like you took in every aspect of the History Museum experience while here! The Leonardo da Vinci exhibit just pulled out of town today, headed for Stuart, FL, taking the automaton knight with it. AKA Houdini and all of the interactive illusions of magaician Harry Houdini have not "escaped" our museum, however! Great photos and lots of hands-on local history are still here for visitors to explore, too. Thanks for your detailed comments.
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“Leonardo Da Vinci Machines In Motion Exhibit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

My brother, sister, brother-in-law and I really enjoyed the Leonardo Da Vinci Machines in Motion Exhibit at the HIstory Museum of the Castle. The fact that we got to see and try demonstrations of these machines was really great. Their Harry Houdini and local artist exhibits were also very good collections, but my brother-in-law is a designer and my brother is going to school to be an engineer and they were really interested in the main Da Vinci exhibit. I would definitely recommend stopping in for anyone interested in how things work or history.

Visited January 2013
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myhistorymuseum, Public Relations Manager at The History Museum at the Castle, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
Engineers, machine operators, mechanics and architects are fascinated by the Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion exhibit. No one has to tell them to turn the cranks or set the gears in motion! The artful construction and beautiful woods used in the exhibit also make it appealing to art enthusiasts and history buffs. Glad you all enjoyed it, and thank you for the review.Note: Machines in Motion at the History Museum at the Castle ends this Sun., Feb. 3.!
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“A gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

The Castle building alone is worth a visit. It's a gorgeous old mansion with stained glass windows. The permanent exhibits include Houdini and early Appleton history. We were fortunate to be there when they had the special Leonardo da Vinci exhibit. There were amazing, large models of many of his inventions from a printing press to a tank to a flying machine. Visitors were encouraged to interact with most of the models.

Visited December 2012
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myhistorymuseum, Public Relations Manager at The History Museum at the Castle, responded to this review, January 20, 2013
Glad you enjoyed our "gem" of a museum! The History Museum at the Castle was built as a Masonic temple in the 1920s. Its castle-like architecture is Norman Revival, reminiscent of medieval castles and churshes with vaulted ceilings, heavy beams and leaded windows. It is a quaint setting for the Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion exhibit, which is open through Sun., Feb. 3. Thanks for your comments!
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