Open Daily

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

330 E. College Ave., Appleton, WI


Research From Home!

Visit Fox Valley Memory
for digitized collections from
the Museum, Appleton Public
Library, and private collections. 
Find photographs, city directories,
county histories, and manuscript


Research & Collections

Rights, Reproduction, and Use

Images from the collection are available for personal or commercial uses.  All use of Museum collections are regulated through use agreements and a fee structure.  

Researching at the Museum

An advance appointment is required for research at the Museum.  Fees are associated with accessing the collection, photograph use, and photocopies.  

Researchers are encouraged to start at Fox Valley Memory.  Genealogists are encouraged to visit the Appleton Public Library and the Wisconsin Historical Society Library and Archives where family history is most available.

​To schedule a research appointment, inquire about fee structures (or see below), and request a use agreement for images, please contact Curator Emily Rock at: or 
​920-735-9370 x. 115.

The Museum holds artifacts and archival materials that document the social, cultural, economic and technological history of Appleton, the Lower Fox River Valley, and Outagamie County.  International and national figures with ties to the area, such as Harry Houdini, are also represented with materials that shed light on their lives. 

Altogether, the collection includes 20,000 3-D artifacts, 800 cubic feet of manuscripts, 2,000 volumes of published works, 350 maps, and 35,000 photographs that document regional history.

Appleton has the strongest representation in the collection.

Donating to the Collection

Thanks for considering the Museum as a location to preserve your collection or heirloom. 

Click here to learn more about this process. 

Recollection Wisconsin includes digitized primary sources from many historical societies, museums, and libraries.