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The History Museum at the Castle

330 E College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911-5715
+1 920-735-9370
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Houdini exposed!!

Lovely building. Former Masonic temple. Fun museum. Can easily see it all in 1 to 2 hours... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Portland, Maine
via mobile
Better than top five

First off, IT'S A CASTLE! It really won't get much better than that. However, each time I have been... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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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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  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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330 E College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911-5715
+1 920-735-9370
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely building. Former Masonic temple. Fun museum. Can easily see it all in 1 to 2 hours. Second floor devoted to Houdini. Some magic revealed. First floor varies as rotating exhibit. Cute quick.

1  Thank Pinebabies
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First off, IT'S A CASTLE! It really won't get much better than that. However, each time I have been there, they have great exhibits. As I have said in many reviews before, there is something special about this place people from Northeast Wisconsin call home....More

Thank 4Youandyou
Reviewed 8 August 2017

It's a good museum for kids, not so much for two adults. The Houdini exhibit primarily concentrates on letting kids explore how Houdini performed and there are very few artifacts or information about his life. We glanced at the remainder of the exhibits, which seemed...More

Thank RJordan2171
Reviewed 4 August 2017

Very interesting exhibits. I use a wheelchair and found it very accessible with parking near the back entry. I phoned ahead so they could buzz me thru the back entry when I arrived. Small gift shop with lots of items with reasonable prices.

1  Thank gggenereau
Reviewed 15 June 2017

this museum features events that encompass the local history. Houdini, McCarthy and many other individuals as well as the local Asylum, toys, and art. The exhibit on toys was real wonderful; they had a video loop running of the toy commercials that ran in the...More

2  Thank dennyl589
Reviewed 12 June 2017

The building is quite unique but parking proved to be a challenge. Spent about 2 hours. The exhibits were unique. Thoroughly enjoyed the Houdini exhibit and the old toys. Sure did bring back memories. The help at the desk was wonderful. Self guided and uncrowded....More

Thank mountainswans
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Special exhibit on the asylum that was local. Also very interesting exhibit on Harry Houdini who used to live in Appleton. Certainly worth the price of admission.

1  Thank JimHenry
Reviewed 3 May 2017

This was our first visit to the museum and we thoroughly enjoyed it. They had a very interesting Houdini exhibit and also a toy exhibit which brought back a lot of memories. It was a self guided tour so we just took our time looking...More

Thank sulyn64
Reviewed 18 January 2017

I took my two granddaughters ages 17 and 15 to visit the museum. I always like to do something with them before they head back to school. I have lived in this area all my life and never gone here myself. I thought it would...More

2  Thank Beverly G
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

While you visit beautiful Appleton Wisconsin a must see is History Museum at the Castle. The featured attraction is the Houdini Exhibit, a magical trip reliving the mystical life of Harry Houdini. Learn how Houdini captivated the World, yes the World with his feats of...More

2  Thank Pjcent
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Sammy L
17 January 2016|
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Response from myhistorymuseum | Property representative |
We do have an elevator and we also just installed two new large bathrooms for better accessibility. Looking forward to your visit!
1 December 2015|
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Response from myhistorymuseum | Property representative |
We recommend planning an hour and a half to go through everything.