Museum Closed Due to Local Health Conditions 

Open Friday - Sunday

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

330 E. College Ave., Appleton, WI


Consider a group visit to the History Museum or a guided tour through the streets of Appleton for day camps, Scouts, athletic teams, daycares, corporate outings, motorcoach excursions, and family gatherings.

Museum Visit

​​Scout Programs and Tours

Walking Tours

Group Rates (applies to both youth and general groups):

Groups of 15 or more must schedule at least two weeks in advance to be eligible for group rates. 

$6.50 per child

$9.00 per adult

$1.00 per person per tour for optional guided tours (see Guided Tours below)

Youth groups are required to have 1 chaperone per 8 children and are admitted for free.

Optional lunch room reservation: $20  

Adult & Youth Groups

Visit the History Museum's award winning exhibits on a self-guided tour. Admission includes full access to the History Museum including a personal introduction to the exhibits, amenities, and brief history of the History Museum building, a former Masonic temple. 
​​We recommend a minimum of 1.5-2 hours to visit the entire museum. 

The History Museum's guided walking tours offer a fun and interactive introduction to local history for convention-goers or corporate team building. Available for groups of 10 or more, and tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Visit our Get Up & Go Walking Tours page to view available tours and pricing.

​Please note the museum does not provide badges. 

Ongoing Experiences

These ongoing experiences are included in museum admission and are self-guided unless otherwise specified.

Junior Girl Scouts: Playing the Past

​Help your Junior Girl Scouts complete their Playing the Past badge by visiting the History Museum's Play: The Golden Age of Toys exhibit. Learn more about this exhibit by clicking here

BSA: Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge

Discover the past life of this National Register of Historic Places building by exploring our new Castle Curious pop-up exhibit. Scouts will learn about the museum's prior life as a Masonic Temple, look for hidden symbols, and explore the building's unique architecture. A guided tour is available upon request for an additional $1/scout.

Cub Scouts - Tigers: Collections and Hobbies Badge

Tiger Scouts can complete requirement 3a for the Collections and Hobbies badge by visiting the museum and exploring our exhibits. A guided tour of exhibits or our collections facility (Behind the Scenes Tour) is available upon request for an additional $1/scout.

2021 Cub Scout Programs

The Museum offers at-home kits available for Cub Scouts. Complete the requirements on your own at home or on a video call with your packs and dens! All orders placed by February 14, 2021 will be available for contactless pick up at the History Museum starting March 1. Museum staff will contact all registrants to schedule a time for pick up. 

Can't pick up your kit(s)? Contact our Education and Collections Manager ( to discuss shipping options.

Scout Program Rates: 

$9 per kit

Purchase 10 or more kits on one order to be picked up all at once and get $1 off per kit!

Bears: Marble Madness Elective Adventure
Let’s get rolling and learn about marbles! Play a game, design a marble maze, and more! This kit helps scouts complete all of Marble Madness (Requirements 1-8). All supplies needed for this badge are included in these kits.

Tigers: Curiosity, Intrigue, and Magical Mysteries Elective Adventure
Who better to learn magic from than Harry Houdini? Create an invitation to a magic show where you will perform a trick you learned, crack a secret code, and learn about the science of magic. This kit helps scouts complete all requirements (1-8). All supplies needed for this program are included in these kits. 

Step-On Bus Tours

Bus tours are the ideal way to see Appleton in style. Witness history in comfort while a member of the History Museum staff points out historic sites and explains how local and national histories intersect on our city streets. Available for groups of 20 or more, and tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Tour groups are responsible for arranging transportation.

Length: about 1.5 hours

Price: $15/person

Appleton History Highlights

​Get to know the City of Appleton on a guided bus tour featuring notable people, places, and events that shaped the city.

Appleton's Black History

Learn about local African American history on a bus tour that visits nine sites in Appleton's Third Ward, downtown business district, and City Park neighborhood.

Add-on Guided Tours
In addition to the self-exploration of the museum, groups can add on one of the following programs for $1 per visitor. If your group size exceeds 30 people, we can work with you to divide the group and schedule programs accordingly. All guided tours are about 30 minutes long.

Fox Cities ABCs 
Join us for a tour of our newest exhibit: Fox Cities ABCs. Students will explore how transportation, communication, and recreation have changed over time. Other topics students may discuss include immigration, elections, and American culture. 

Hometown Houdini (Youth tour only)
Children will take a guided tour through our AKA Houdini exhibit, discovering fun facts about Houdini’s career, family, and childhood in Appleton.

Model Train Presentation
Join History Museum volunteer Gordon Lind as you explore the model train in our Tools of Change exhibit. Gordon spent 19 years building this train to look like Appleton did in 1951. Look for iconic Appleton buildings, find the firemen getting the cat out of the tree, and listen to Gordon's experiences building the train. 

​​Behind the Scenes Tour
Guests get a chance to see the Museum’s collections storage rooms—usually off-limits to visitors—and learn what the Museum collects and how we preserve the artifacts that we use in our exhibits.
Capacity: Up to 25 people at a time