Museum Closed Due to Local Health Conditions 

Open Friday - Sunday

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

330 E. College Ave., Appleton, WI


Fox Cities History Windows

Get a brief glimpse into Fox Valley history through these beautiful stained glass windows. 

Bridging the GAP Years, 1969-2019

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."

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.

A Stone of Hope: Black Experiences in the Fox Cities 

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

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!

(In)Visible: Homelessness in Appleton

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. 

​Castle Curious

Have you ever wanted to know more about our Castle? Discover secret symbols, peep holes, and the history of this former Masonic Temple.

Feature Exhibitions

AKA Houdini 

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.

​Why McCarthy?

Watch videos about Senator Joseph McCarthy's life and view his bust that was once displayed in the Outagamie County Courthouse.

​Edna Ferber

Enjoy Pulitzer Prize winningauthor Edna Ferber's wit and perspectives on growing up in a small Midwestern town. 

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.