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 20 or more, and tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Choose between the following tours see local history in the present.
Houdini’s Appleton – Or Simply Illusion?
Tour the sites associated with the myths, mystery, and reality of Houdini’s life in Appleton.
Length: about 1.5 hours
Distance: about 1 mile
Where Everybody Knows Your Name Pub Crawl
The tour will stop inside four taverns and highlight others noted for their individuality and preservation. Drinks not included, although they are recommended.
Length: about 1.5 hours
Distance: about 0.75 miles
Please note the museum does not provide badges.
These ongoing experiences are included in museum admission and are self-guided.
Junior Girl Scouts
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.
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.
2020 Cub Scout Clinic Schedule
The Museum offers Cub Scout Clinics each spring designed as self-directed activities that rely upon the Character Connections values of responsibility, respect, and cooperation. All clinics are $8 per scout or sibling. Pre-registration is required.
Bears: Marble Madness Elective Adventure
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Let’s get rolling and learn all about marbles. Learn and play a game and much more. Also learn about famous Americans while you visit the museum. Complete all of Marble Madness (1-8) and requirement 1 of Paws for Action.
Tigers: Curiosity, Intrigue, and Magical Mysteries Elective Adventure
Saturday, February 15, 2020
What better place to learn about magic than an exhibit about Harry Houdini? There will be lots of exciting hands-on activity for this mysterious, magical day. Completes all requirements 1-8.
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
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.
Adult & Youth Groups
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
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.
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.
Scout Programs and 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
*Groups visiting during the installation of Fox Cities ABCs between January 11 - March 1, 2020 will receive a discounted rate of $5 per child and $7 per adult