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The History Museum at the Castle

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Address: 330 E College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911-5715
Phone Number: 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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Houdini museum interesting

WONDERFUL helpful staff. The Houdini museum was interesting, and the Bike history attraction was very informative as well

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2016
Emmy M
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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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Tucson, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Unfortunately some of them were broken. Not bad for a small town museum. Lots of Hounini displays that were interesting and informative. Would get 5 stars if the displays all worked.

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menasha, wi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have gone twice to the History museum at the castle. Both times have had changes to the exhibits. I believe the upper floor changes yearly or so. My kids are 8, 10 and 17 and we all had a nice time. I didn't get to read all of the descriptions because the kids wanted to keep moving but it... More 

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Appleton, WI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Great place to experience the history of the Fox Valley. The changing exhibits make it worthwhile to visit periodically. Understand that they are undergoing some upgrades to their very interesting building. Staff is excellent

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016

WONDERFUL helpful staff. The Houdini museum was interesting, and the Bike history attraction was very informative as well

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Combined Locks, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2016

The content of this museum may be of interest to the over-50s set, at least it was when we went and the rotating exhibit was neon signs. The Houdini exhibit seemed to be quite multi-generational with hands-on activities for kids to try. The history of the building and the area was also nicely displayed. One point -- I did not... More 

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myhistorymuseum, Public Relations Manager at The History Museum at the Castle, responded to this review

Thank you! We are glad that you had a great visit. The feedback on the elevator is appreciated. The Museum does have an elevator, but the wayfinding signs in the building made it difficult to find. We are just starting to install new signs that will help lead visitors to the elevator and make each visit a more enjoyable experience. More 

Delray Beach
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2016 via mobile

Honestly for 7.50 it's not a bad way to kill about an hour of time. But, at the same time it's not really the greatest museum I've been to by far. It has lots of hands on tricks that Houdini performed which I'm sure kids would love and have a great time with. If you bring a student ID you'll... More 

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Thank Michael M
Appleton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2016

Who isn't interested in Harry Houdini? Great exhibit of one of Appleton's own. The Castle also has traveling exhibits such as the present "Shifting Gears" about the history of bicycling in Wisconsin. Very Interesting.

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Thank PGizmo
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016 via mobile

Surprisingly, Appleton was the hometown of both Harry Houdini and Joe McCarthy. Both are featured here, although in very different ways. Currently, there is an exhibit on the ground floor of cycling throughout Wisconsin's history. It's interesting and the interactive exhibits are fun. Many examples of bicycles through the years give a good idea of how far we've come. On... More 

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Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2016

It was the first time we visited the museum, there were quite a few exhibits, we especially enjoyed the bike exhibit.

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Thank Nancy S
Dodgeville, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2016

Great Building and wonderful staff. The Houdini exhibit was a bit disappointing for me. I was looking for a well stocked collection of actual artifacts teamed with the Hands on exhibits. I think the hands on explanation of how he did his escapes was well done and would be great for kids. But for my wife and myself it was... More 

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