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The History Museum at the Castle, Appleton

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The History Museum at the Castle is a local history museum located in downtown Appleton, Wisconsin across College Avenue from Lawrence University. Owned and operated by the Outagamie County Historical Society (OCHS), the museum has previously operated under the names The Outagamie Museum and The Houdini Historic Center.The building in which the museum is housed was formerly a Masonic temple, built in 1923, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Masonic Temple. Appleton's Waverly Masonic Lodge sold the building to the OCHS in 1985.The museum's collections focus on the history of the Fox River Valley, containing artifacts from the 1840s onward. The History Museum at the Castle also has a large collection of original Harry Houdini performance paraphernalia and personal documents, including a selection of his picks, locks, keys, and handcuffs. The museum also holds a collection of artifacts from the life of Senator Joe McCarthy, who was from the Appleton area. The museum owns 35,000 photographs dating back as far as 1857, including ones of Houdini, McCarthy, Edna Ferber, and Appleton native John Bradley, one of the six men who took part in raising the flag on Iwo Jima.
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  • 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....  more »
  • 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.  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
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  • The exhibit for the Outagamie County Mental Health Center and the homeless exhibit, regardless of what others say, are not for kids. If you can get past the inappropriate content and scary (to kids) black and white images from the asylum, you'll find a few facts scattered in with speculation and opinion. Both exhibits were thin on education and give no call to action to do anything about the serious homeless and mental health issues facing our idyllic small city. While the items and displays are done in a quality manner, a more worthwhile exhibit would be celebrating the contributions of artists, creators, city pioneers and leaders of industry. One consolation was the toy exhibit, albeit small.
  • Great! The people were very friendly and helpful. Three floors of exhibits. The Houdini exhibit is very interactive. Allow at least an hour, maybe more.
  • An excellent learning of history for me! Houdini exhibit is very very good. I learned not only Houdini the magician but Houdini the life of. Several interactive displays. I learned how to break out of jail Houdini style and then even perform it in a life size jail cell. The Asylum exhibit is top notch. So many artifacts from that time period are displayed. There are replications of rooms, descriptions of treatments, stories of patients. Top that off with an app to use throughout the tour! This tour is a must when you are in the area. This tour is a great get away day.
  • Great display, but staff doesn't know password to connect to Wi-Fi to fully enjoy experience...
  • Cool hands on exhibits. The current rotating exhibit is excellent. Avoid the downstairs, not interesting at all.