Sightseeing in Appleton


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  • The History Museum at the Castle
    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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    330 E College Ave
    Appleton, WI US
  • Whimsical Charm
    Look to the past for some decorating tips and tricks at Whimsical Charm — this Appleton spot is a steal for antique lovers. When you need to decorate a few bedrooms, you can find everything you need here, such as dressers, bed frames, and bedroom furniture. Pushing the boundaries of conventional artwork, this Whimsical Charm features one-of-a-kind pieces that will easily dress up any room. Save time and money with nearby parking options at Whimsical Charm.
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    228 W Northland Ave
    Appleton, WI US
  • Studio 213
    Those who love to go antiquing will love the assortment of memorable and one-of-a-kind items at Studio 213 in Appleton. When it's time to give your patio a makeover, make sure to check out the range of outdoor tables and chairs. Pushing the boundaries of conventional artwork, this Studio 213 features one-of-a-kind pieces that will easily dress up any room. Street parking is readily available near Studio 213's East College Avenue location.
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    213 East College Avenue
    Appleton, WI US
  • The Trout Museum of Art
    Look at art from a new point of view and draw inspiration from showcased pieces at The Trout Museum of Art in Appleton. Make the trip to this museum even more savory with a visit to their fine restaurant. Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this museum. Whether you are looking for street or lot parking, The Trout Museum of Art is close to both. Make use of the luxurious bike racks at The Trout Museum of Art.
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    111 W College Ave
    Appleton, WI US
  • Building For Kids
    Looking for a new date idea? Check out Building For Kids in Appleton and enjoy a peaceful night of art browsing. Sure you could eat at home, but you'll want to take advantage of this museum's restaurant for high-class food. Bring the whole clan to this museum — kids and parents will love the ambience here. Parallel-parking experts can find room on the street, though patrons also have access to the museum's adjoining lot.
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    100 W College Ave
    Appleton, WI US
  • Foxley's Gallery
    For those that appreciate the finer things, be sure to explore the artwork at Appleton's Foxley's Gallery. Next time you're in the neighborhood, this museum should be at the top of your list with their amazing restaurant. Don't ditch your four-legged pal outside — dogs are more than welcome at Foxley's Gallery. Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    623 W College Ave
    Appleton, WI US

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