Shedding Light on History:

How do we care for our most
vulnerable people?

Asylum: Out of the Shadows explores the long history of behavioral and mental health told through the history of the Outagamie County Asylum for the Insane. By focusing on the individuals who lived and worked there, this exhibit sheds light on the institution, personalizes the stories of the residents, and helps remove stigma.

Real People, Real Stories

This exhibit features a free cellphone app featuring actors portraying eight real persons who lived or worked at the Asylum. Visitors are encouraged to bring earbuds or purchase them in the Museum's gift shop. 

​Step into the Asylum:

Learn the real history of what occurred at the Outagamie County Asylum for the Insane.

  • Explore the Asylum through the perspectives of people who lived and worked at the Asylum. Download a cellphone app or borrow a listening device to lead you through the exhibit.
  • See rare artifacts used in the state mental health system for treatment, diagnosis, work, and daily life.
  • Hear oral histories from people who worked at the Outagamie County Health Center and Hospital.
  • Discover the history of the Asylum by rummaging through the manager’s desk or trying activities common for patients to pass time.
  • Consider ways we can provide care and housing for the most vulnerable people in society.

Created in Partnership:

Brewster Village | NAMI Fox Valley

Agape of Appleton, Inc.

Ken and Carol Grode and Family | Eagle Supply & Plastics, Inc.

Tuesday - Sunday, 11:00am - 4:00pm
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Opens November 17, 2016 

Closes June 3, 2018

History Museum at the Castle
330 E. College Ave.
Appleton, WI 54911

Asylum is made possible thanks to these supporters:

Open Tuesday-Sunday

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

330 E. College Ave., Appleton, WI