What is there to do?

Inside the walls of the History Museum, the past comes alive through the stories, photographs and artifacts of people of the Fox Valley!

The mission of the museum is to inspire appreciation for the rich history of the Fox River Valley area communities through the collections, exhibits and education at the History Museum at the Castle. 

Kids can step back in time as they explore the many History Museum collections representing the history of the Fox Valley dating back to 1840s. That's a LOT of history to explore!

The AKA Houdini exhibit is a permanent feature at the museum, and let's you experience some of Harry Houdini's tricks of the trade through fun hands-on activities!

Also a permanent fixture is the Play: Golden Age of Toys where the family can explore the history of classic and locally-made toys where kids, parents AND grandparents can join in on the fun!

The learning can continue as you explore the Tools of Change exhibit where you can see the tools, work and everyday life in the Fox Valley region from 1840 all the way through to 1950. 

There is also a number of temporary exhibits that you can check out, and when they change over you have another reason to head back there!

It's learning fun for the whole family, so let's get that history lesson started!

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How much does it cost?






Ages 5-17: $10


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5 years


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Any top tips?


Keep an eye out for the fun events they host across the year including Family Day, Home School Week and 70s Girl Power Party!

I'm Hungry!


There's nowhere to eat in the museum but there are plenty of places to grab something in downtown Appleton! You can ask the attendant at the front desk for a downtown visitor guide

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Where is it at?


There is on site parking lot behind the Museum. Street parking is also available, and a ramp at the corner of Washington and Morrison Streets.

Teachers corner


The Museum offers fun-filled, learning experiences for students from grades 2 to 12. Their field trips align with state learning standards too! Make sure you book in advance

Need a little extra help?


They love to accommodate everyone! They have elevator entry, exhibits are all accessible by elevator. The first and second floors have ADA accessible restrooms, and all walkways meet ADA standards. Artifacts are displayed at the recommended height by ADA standards.

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When can we go?


10am - 5pm daily

Closed only Easter Sunday, July 4th, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve/Day, New Years Day

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