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Address: 330 E College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911-5715
Phone Number: +1 920-735-9370
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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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A very unique experience.

We enjoyed the Houdini exhibit. It was more interesting if you pick up the sheets they offer on things to look for. The exhibit was interactive and fun. We also enjoyed the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Kathleen P
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East Troy
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

While you visit beautiful Appleton Wisconsin a must see is History Museum at the Castle. The featured attraction is the Houdini Exhibit, a magical trip reliving the mystical life of Harry Houdini. Learn how Houdini captivated the World, yes the World with his feats of illusions that amazed the World. He lived in Appleton Wisconsin and has been one of... More 

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East Troy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed the Houdini exhibit. It was more interesting if you pick up the sheets they offer on things to look for. The exhibit was interactive and fun. We also enjoyed the exhibit on the history of paper and the old time doctor's office. Visiting the toy exhibit brought back many fond memories.

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

My family is always looking for a great museum to explore and this was a great one. The Houdini exhibit was by far the most interesting and entertaining,

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Alexandria, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

This museum was a good way to kill an hour, but the displays are mostly geared towards a younger crowd (think 8-12). Staff was extremely friendly and the building is beautiful. Check out the photography exhibit about the homeless in the basement, it was very moving.

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Thank Carly S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

This museum is an underrated gem. Unlike so many community museums that are just of collection of isolated dusty relics from the past, the History Museum at the Castle presents great themes that are displayed with cohesive pieces, and the local links are truly integrated into the complete context. The Houdini exhibit is neat because it includes artifacts as part... More 

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

A small museum that is impressive for its size. They have a wonderful exhibit on Houdini. It is conveniently located in downtown Appleton near Lawrence University.

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Thank KAK828
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

Our whole family enjoyed the trip. Three floors of exhibts, many of which were interactive. Family discount was helpful. We would visit again.

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Green Bay
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

This is a great place to take a family and spend a 1-2 hours. It is indoors so makes a perfect rainy day or cold day activity. They have a family rate of $20. Their current exhibit has to do with bicycles. There is a simulation you can ride a bike like you are going through different areas/terrain. There long... More 

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Combined Locks, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

My three pre-teen boys and I visited recently on a Saturday afternoon and I can't believe we've never visited before! This museum is housed in a building of architectural interest- a former Masonic temple in downtown Appleton. There are three floor of exhibits and each one was amazing. My kids had the most fun on the third floor interactive Houdini... More 

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Wheaton, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

Great place to spend a couple of hours when in Appleton. Historic building with 3 floors of exhibits. Explore the history of Appleton, along with the entire 3rd floor being devoted to Harry Houdini who lived in Appleton for several years. Very affordable,and well with the trip

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