Open Daily

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

330 E. College Ave., Appleton, WI

920-735-9370

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

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.
Tour length approximately 1.5 hours

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.
Tour length approximately 2 hours

​Please note the museum does not provide badges. 

Ongoing Experiences

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

Coming soon! 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 unless otherwise noted.

Bears: Marble Madness Elective Adventure
Saturday, January 25, 2020
1:00pm-3:00 pm

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
1:00pm-3:00pm pm

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.


Explore the Crescent City

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

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.

Tour length approximately 1.5 hours

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. Optional guided tours are available for $1.00 per person per tour.
​​We recommend a minimum of 1.5-2 hours to visit the entire museum. 


Group Rates:

Groups of 15 or more that schedule at least two weeks in advance are eligible for group admission rates. 

$5.50 per child

$10.50 per adult

Youth groups of 15 or more are required to have 1 chaperone per 8 children and are admitted for free.