Kindergarten through 12th grade classes visiting between September and May will experience an educational self-guided tour of the Museum’s exhibits. Using activity sheets (available upon request), groups will discover our exhibits at their own pace after a brief orientation.
Length: Varies; we recommend 1.5-2 hours to visit the entire museum
Capacity: Up to 90 students
Grade Level: Any grade
Rates for School Groups:
Chaperones: 1 chaperone per 8 students is free (additional chaperones pay the adult group rate)
Reserved Lunch Room: $20
Home School families qualify for this rate with 20 or more students; one adult per 8 paying students is free
What is the difference between a tour and a program? Tours are led by staff or volunteers through the museum's exhibits. Programs are curriculum-based classroom-style lessons about Outagamie County and Fox Cities history and are often inspired by the Museum's exhibits.
Tours and programs are optional and are an additional cost.
Cost: $1 per student per tour
Length: 20-30 minutes
Capacity: Up to 25 students at a time*
Grade Level: for grades 2-5 unless otherwise indicated.
Fox Cities ABCs
Join us for a tour of our newest exhibit: Fox Cities ABCs. Students will explore how transportation, communication, and recreation have changed over time. Other topics students may discuss include immigration, elections, and American culture.
Students will take a guided tour through our AKA Houdini exhibit, discovering fun facts about Houdini’s career, family, and childhood in Appleton. Download our curriculum guide for use in the classroom.
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
Recommended for grades 6-12.
Cost: $1 per student per program
Length: 1 hour
Capacity: Up to 100 students at a time (minimum of 20 students)
Grade Level: Grades 1-5
Houdini: American Immigrant*
During this program, students will learn about immigration to the United States through the lens of Harry Houdini and his family. We will explore the 1880 census and many historic photographs from the History Museum's collection.
Discovering History through Primary Sources*
In this introduction to primary sources, students will learn how to identify primary and secondary sources, explore primary sources from the museum's collections, and explore how they can make their own primary sources through hands-on activities.
Wisconsin's First People
Students will learn about various Native American tribes from Wisconsin, their cultures, how their reservations have changed over time, and what modern Native American cultures and traditions look like.
*Also available as a live virtual program. Click here for more information about virtual programs.