Open Tuesday-Sunday

11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

330 E. College Ave., Appleton, WI


Contact Chief Curator Dustin Mack for questions or to schedule a tour:

920-735-9370 x 112


For Youth and School Group visits,click here!

Are you looking for our  public walking and bicycling tour series? Visit our Get Up and Go History Tour page for a list of upcoming events.

Adult Group Tours

Is your group visiting the Fox Cities?  Are you looking for a fun experience for a local business or organization? Consider the Museum's adult tour options! The tours offer a great introduction to museum, city and other unique places. Join us for a fun adventure in Appleton!

For Information and Scheduling

Adult  groups of 10 or more people must schedule in advance by calling Chief Curator Dustin Mack at 920-735-9370 ext. 112 or emailing Group rates will only be honored for groups that call ahead.     

Museum Self-Guided Tours
Visit the Museum's award winning exhibits on a self-guided tour. Groups of 10 or more that schedule in advance get a group admission rate of $10 per adult and $5 per child.* Includes full access to the Museum's galleries, including popular exhibits such as AKA Houdini, Tools of Change and current temporary exhibits. Each tour has a brief introduction to the exhibits, amenities and the historic building.

Learn about our exhibits here.
​​Recommended tour length is 1.5 hours. 

Walking Tours

The museum's walking tours are great for convention-goers as a fun and interactive introduction to local history. Tours can begin at the Paper Valley Hotel, Lawrence University, Copper Leaf Hotel, or the Museum. $10.00 per person for walking tours. 10 person or $100 minimum. Adult groups of 10 or more people must schedule in advance calling Chief Curator Dustin Mack at 920-735-9370 ext. 112 or emailing 

Historic Pub Crawl
​Put on your walking shoes for a tour of downtown Appleton's historic pubs. The tour will stop inside four taverns and highlight others noted for their individuality and preservation. Pull up a stool inside taverns frequented by Sen. Joseph McCarthy, admire Victorian back bars and hear the stories and gossip behind each location.  Price does not include drinks.

Tour length is approximately 2 hours.

Houdini’s Appleton – Or Simply Illusion?

Join a guided tour of the sites associated with the myths and reality of Houdini’s life in Appleton. Houdini claimed the city to be his birthplace, but he was actually born in 1874 in Budapest, Hungary. We will explore his brief life in Appleton by visiting where his childhood home once stood, sites of fictional magical feats, and his father’s synagogue. Explore the city that Houdini called home.  

Tour length is approximately 1.5 hours.

*This tour may be done as a step-on bus tour, for the same price and same content, but the tour would take approximately 45 minutes.*

Step-On Bus Tours

All bus tours begin in front of the Museum. $10.00 per person. 10 person or $100 minimum. The museum does not have a bus--the tour group is responsible for arranging transportation.

Explore The Crescent City 
​Get to know the City of Appleton on a guided bus tour! Museum staff will lead tour participants on a street exploration up to 20 sites and give historical background on some of the notable people, places and events that shaped Appleton today. Learn why the Fox Valley is known as the Paper Valley, and see where Appleton celebrities, such as Harry Houdini, Edna Ferber, and Joseph McCarthy, called home.
Tour group is responsible for arranging transportation. 
​Tour length is approximately 1.5 hours. 

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. Participants will learn about early Black business owners, community leaders, and Civil War veterans, as well as how the Klu Klux Klan and a sundown custom excluded Blacks from settling in the city for half a century.
Tour Group is responsible for arranging transportation.
Tour length is approximately 1.5 hours.

​*Special Gridiron Glory rates.