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Paper Discovery Center

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Address: 425 West Water Street, Appleton, WI 54911
Phone Number: 920-380-7491
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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This museum helped answer the questions my 5 year old asked...what's that smell mom? I told him it was the paper factory so we set off to discover what we could about the paper... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Andover, Minnesota
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Andover, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum helped answer the questions my 5 year old asked...what's that smell mom? I told him it was the paper factory so we set off to discover what we could about the paper industry. I remember taking a tour of a paper plant when I was in grade school (30 years ago) but they don't do that any more.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

My sister and I visited because our father and grandfather were in the paper business decades ago and did business with some of these companies. It was really interesting to read more about the history of Wisconsin paper mills, and the highlight was making a sheet of paper ourselves .. starting with a blender, a sheet of paper torn into... More 

Thank BarbJ117
Fox Point, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

Went with my sister. Our father and grandfather we're in the scrap, paper, recycling business. They did business with the mills in Wisconsin. Fascinating to see the other end of the business. Loved it

Thank Sarie S
Neenah, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016

This turned out to be a nice hands on paper history museum. My husband Andre' is a contributor with a large paper machine model, which he wanted to share with our grandson. They have large signs with enough information for each step of the paper making process. In the back lab you can actually make a small sheet of paper... More 

Thank RectorRoots
Appleton, Wisconsin
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Paper!? Can you feel the excitement! Kids love paper, right? Who's idea was this. Can you say government grants children? My kids took a field trip here for school. I went with them. There is almost nothing of interest at this place. If you are in appleton and want to take the kids someplace take a walk on a river... More 

2 Thank grayson p
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

This was far more hands on than I expected. In fact, it was mostly hands on. My teenagers loved the activities, and there were plenty of stations for younger kids as well. Making paper was my husband's favorite activity.

1 Thank Lydiakzoo
Oak Creek, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

While it did seem to be a huge field trip destination, it was a fun place to visit. They had little stations set up with experiments. The kids were able to do each experiment with only little guidance. In fact, my kids could probably still tell you all about the water repellant little pants. The icing on the visit was... More 

3 Thank wantt0travelthew0rld
Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

What a perfect attraction for Appleton, which historically was home to many, many paper mills! A great way to learn about the history of commercially made paper, and also learn about how to make your own handmade paper from recycled materials! I love it! :D

2 Thank Mel1007
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We got to see the history of paper making in Wisconsin. There was a short video presentation as well as getting to see the world's first cloned tree (dead of course). Our guide even let us make paper, showing us the correct way to handle a "coochie".

1 Thank J F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

If you want your kids to learn, you give them experiences they don't forget, like this one. Sure, there's plenty of interpretive displays on the history of paper-making and on it's face, covering that topic sounds like a 101 snoozer coming on, but this place infuses plenty of energy and interaction into the learning process. If your kids (or the... More 

2 Thank Seldom-seen-schultz

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