Fox Cities History Windows
Explore growing divisions in American society. Over the past 50 years political polarization, income inequality, and feelings of social isolation have increased while our collective empathy has declined. This exhibit presents that data and challenges citizens to creatively address those "gaps."
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 discusses Appleton's sundown town custom which prevented Blacks from spending the night in town from about 1920 to 1960.
Traveling Pop-Up Exhibits
What does homelessness look and feel like in our area? Featuring 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.
Experience some of Harry Houdini's famous tricks through hands-on activities. It is great fun for the whole family! See why the world renowned magician called Appleton his hometown.
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, a Model T Ford in a vintage gas station, and a model train table created to look like downtown Appleton in 1951.
These exhibits are currently on display at the History Museum and available online. Due to COVID-19 they will not be traveling until further notice.
Play: Golden Age of Toys
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!
Museum Closed Due to Local Health Conditions