Open Tuesday - Sunday

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

330 E. College Ave., Appleton, WI


Museum Visit

​Self Exploration 
Students will experience a self-guided tour of the Museum’s current exhibits. Using exploration activity sheets (available upon request), we encourage groups to discover our exhibits at their own pace. All groups receive an orientation to the museums and exhibits upon arrival.
Program Length: Since this tour is at your own pace, the length can vary; however, we recommend a minimum of 1.5-2 hours to visit the entire museum.
Capacity: Up to 90 students.
Recommended for any grade.

School Group Rate:
$3.50 per student
1 chaperone per 8 students is free.
Homeschool families qualify for this rate with 20 or more students.

Add-on Tours
In addition to the self-exploration of the museum, school groups can add on one of the following programs for $1 per child. If your group size exceeds 25 students, we can work with you to divide the group and schedule programs accordingly. All guided tours are about 30 minutes long.

Current Exhibit: GUITAR: The Instrument that Rocked the World (available until January 5, 2020)
During this interactive STEM tour, children will learn how an electric guitar works, about the science of sound, and how guitars are built. This hands-on exhibit comes from the National GUITAR Museum and explores the evolution of the guitar and the science of music.
Recommended for grades 2-5.

Hometown Houdini
Students will take a guided tour through our AKA Houdini exhibit, discovering fun facts about Houdini’s career, family, and childhood in Appleton.  Feel free to download our curriculum guide for use in the classroom.
Recommended for grades 2-5.

Model Train Presentation
Join History Museum volunteer Gordon Lind as you explore the model train in our Tools of Change exhibit. Gordon spent 19 years building this train to look like Appleton did in 1951. Look for iconic Appleton buildings, find the firemen getting the cat out of the tree, and listen to Gordon's experiences building the train. 
Recommended for any age.

​​Behind the Scenes Tour
Students get a chance to see the Museum’s collections storage rooms—usually off-limits to visitors—and learn what the Museum collects and how we preserve the artifacts that we use in our exhibits.
Capacity: Up to 25 students at a time
​Content can be adjusted to fit any age group, grades 2-12.

Coming Soon! Fox Cities ABCs (available starting in March 2020)

Check back soon for more information about this exhibit and tour.