Learn about the history of African American experiences in the Fox Cities from the fur trade through Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s visit to Menasha. The exhibit also discusses Appleton's sundown town custom which prevented Blacks from spending the night in town from about 1920 to 1960.


Explore the history of classic and locally-made toys in a whimsical exhibit about the golden age of toys. Play offers children, parents, and grandparents an opportunity for intergenerational learning and fun!

Who lived and worked at the Outagamie County Asylum? This exhibit sheds light on the stories about the people who experienced the facility from its opening in 1890 to the present.


Main Attractions

Why McCarthy?

Senator Joseph McCarthy, born and raised in the Appleton area, went on to become the figure-head of anti-communist persecutions in the 1950s.  Watch videos about McCarthy's life and his bust that was once displayed in the Outagamie County Courthouse.


​Edna Ferber

Spend a few moments with Edna Ferber and enjoy her wit and perspectives on growing up in a small Midwestern town. Ferber won the Pulitzer Prize for So Big and was also the author of Cimarron, Showboat and Giant

Tools of Change

Examine the tools, the work and everyday life in the Fox Valley region from 1840 to 1950. See the bank in Nichols that was robbed and a Model T Ford in a vintage gas station. 

What does homelessness look and feel like in our area? Featuring 150 photographs taken by people who are homeless or living on the edge of homelessness, (In)visible sheds light on the history and present conditions of the struggle for stable housing in Appleton. 


AKA Houdini lets you experience some of Harry Houdini's tricks of the trade through hands-on activities. It is great fun for the whole family! See why the world renowned magician called Appleton his hometown.


Tuesday - Sunday

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

330 E. College Ave., Appleton, WI

920-735-9370