Open Daily

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

330 E. College Ave., Appleton, WI


For Inquires and Reservations

Dustin Mack

Chief Curator

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For School and Youth 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

Affectionately known as the History Museum at the Castle, due to our location in a former Masonic Temple, the organization is a thriving cultural institution with deep ties to the local community. At the History Museum, we inspire people of all ages to discover and appreciate the rich history of Appleton and the Fox Valley. The History Museum spans three floors and features award winning exhibitions, one-of-a-kind interactives, and a boutique-style gift shop.

Consider a group visit to the History Museum or a guided tour through the streets of Appleton for your next corporate outing, motorcoach excursion, or family gathering.  

Museum Self-Guided Tours

Visit the History Museum's award winning exhibits on a self-guided tour. Groups of ten or morethatschedule at least two weeks in advancereceive the group admission rate of $10.50 per person. 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. 
​​Recommended tour length is 1.5 hours. 

Walking Tours

The History Museum's guided walking tours offer a fun and interactive introduction to local history for convention-goers or corporate team building. Tours can begin at the Paper Valley Hotel, Lawrence University, Copper Leaf Hotel, or the History Museum. 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.

Appleton in the Great War                                                                               $10 per person

Tour the historic grounds of Riverside and St. Joseph’s Cemeteries, and remember the courage and ultimate sacrifice of Appleton’s Company A - 150th Machine Gun Battalion, during the Great War.

Asylum Revisited                                                                                             $10 per person

The land behind Brewster Village once supported a towering brick facility, outbuildings, and acres of farmland to sustain the Outagamie County Asylum. Walk the asylum grounds and explore the community that once lived and worked there.

Here is the Church, Here is the Steeple Part                                                 $10 per person

Explore some of the most significant religious architecture and influential congregations that shaped Appleton.

Where Everybody Knows Your Name: Pub Crawl                                         $12 per person
​The tour will stop inside four taverns and highlight others noted for their individuality and preservation.Drinks not included, although they are recommended.

Tour length approximately 2 hours

Houdini’s Appleton – Or Simply Illusion?                                                      $10 per person 

Tour the sites associated with the myths, mystery, and reality of Houdini’s life in Appleton.

Tour length approximately 1.5 hours

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. Choose between Houdini's Appleton, Explore the Crescent City, or Appleton's Black History and watch history pass you by. Tour groups are 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 length 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 length approximately 1.5 hours.