The History Museum at the Castle

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330 E College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911 330 E College Ave, Appleton Directions
+19207359370
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Report | 10 months ago
Try all the Houdini exhibit interactives!
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Report | 10 months ago
The food exhibit was interesting esp. For folks from the Fox Valley. The Houdini exhibit was also a leaning experience with hands on for adults and children. I really enjoyed the Appleton made by students and written by them on local history. A huge thanks to the teachers involved.
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Lots of reading (or as little as you want) but worth the great knowledge you learn about the Fox Valley and the other exibits! Great time!
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Report | 11 months ago
Take the time to walk around the area. It is a great downtown.
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Great museum in a beautiful building!
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Very nice museum. Maybe a bit smaller than expected, but that doesn't take away from it being well worth the visit.
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Don't miss the photos in the basement :)
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Great place for kids! The 2nd floor which was where the Houdini exhibit is was quite interesting.
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The Tools of Change exhibit (in the basement) is a must see.
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Spend lots of time in the Houdini area it's so much fun!!!
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Harry Houdini was legendary for his daring escapes, but he's still never escaped the public's imagination. To wit: AKA Houdini, whose artifacts offer a hands-on glimpse into some of his most infamous tricks. Along with the Appleton-raised illusionist, The History Museum at the Castle's award-winning exhibits focus on other notable Fox Valley natives, including Senator Joseph McCarthy. Dating back to the 1840s, the museum's collection of Fox Valley artifacts includes 35,000 photographs and 20,000 pieces, such as parts of a vintage gas station. At an exhibit tracing the origins of the area's most famous foods, such as frozen custard and fish fries, visitors can even spear sturgeons inside a life-size virtual ice shanty.

These pieces of Fox Valley history are housed inside a Masonic temple listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1923, the temple exemplifies the medieval, Norman Revival style with rough-hewn stone, vaulted ceilings, and fire-breathing dragons guarding its entrance. Designed as a community center, the temple continues to serve that function by hosting the museum's year-round events, including papermaking programs and magic workshops.

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