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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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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Combined Locks, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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Thank FiveFeetFam
Wheaton, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Thank Kenneth K
Tucson, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 June 28, 2016

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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Thank riverzedge
Appleton, WI
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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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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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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 

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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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