The Instrument
The World
General Admission

“Our Songs, Our History” is an exclusive concert series featuring gifted musicians performing onstage at the History Museum at the Castle.  These cultural events merge live music and access to the Museum’s exhibits, including GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World. Performances will also be recorded and become the backbone of Appleton’s first audio archives. Experience “Our Songs, Our History” and help us document tomorrow’s past today.

GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World
  • Guitar Strobe: See the vibrations of a string in slow motion.
  • Music to Your Ears: Use sensors to activate different sounds from unique instruments.
  • See-Through Amplifiers: Speakers, tubes, and electronics of these musical monsters revealed.
  • Remember the Riff: Test you memory to repeat guitar riffs using color as reinforcement.
  • Design Your Own Guitar: Choose the color, pattern, shape, and textures of your very own guitar. 
Exhibition Highlights
Featured Guitars
Fun Interactives
Live Guitar Events
Group Visits

  • The World's Largest Playable Guitar
  • Chuck Berry's 1960 Gibson ES-345TD
  • Gibson Les Paul
  • Fender Telecaster
  • The Only Playable 8-Neck Stringed Instrument
Adult: $12
Child: $7
Under 5: Free
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Prepare to Rock
  • More than 70 unique instruments and artifacts
  • 40 Photographs
  • 18 Hands-on STEM interactives
  • 10 video displays

Music, like history, helps us understand ourselves and the world we share. Music and history capture, preserve, and document our stories, both the highs and the lows, which define the present. Cory Chisel and the History Museum at the Castle have partnered to archive that shared history in music.

The History, Science, and Cultural Impact of the Most Popular Instrument...

Open Daily

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

330 E. College Ave., Appleton, WI