Fall School Days: Home and Harvest
Date: October 2-3, 2019
Description: This program teaches students about pioneer life in Wisconsin from 1800 to 1860. Visiting students experience 20 demonstrations and hands-on activities, including threshing, candle dipping, butter making, quill writing, corn shelling, and 19th-century games.
Spring School Days: The Fur Trade
Date: May 6-7, 2020
Description: Spring School Days: The Fur Trade teaches 2nd – 5th graders about voyageur and American Indian life in Wisconsin from 1630 to 1850. Visiting students experience 20 demonstrations and hands-on activities, including trading, portaging, maple sugar and wild rice harvesting, and American Indian games.
School Days Program Information
Time: AM or PM sessions available: 8:45-11:20 AM or 11:40 AM – 2:15 PM
Location: Grignon Mansion
Cost: $4.50/student; all teachers and chaperones are free
For your convenience, let us come to you. We will bring lesson materials and artifacts to immerse your students in the past. Unless otherwise noted, all programs are approximately 1 hour long and are recommended for grades 2-5.
Wisconsin's First People
Presented by Museum staff and volunteers in your classroom, this program covers the history and culture of Wisconsin’s Native American tribes.
Discovering Primary Sources
Students engage with primary sources and learn how they can be found and used. Take a behind the scenes look at our collections storage and archives, and discover the resources available here at the History Museum. Can accommodate up to 30 students.
Native American History Traveling Trunk
Free rental for classrooms!
Educators can borrow a traveling trunk for use in their classroom that includes books, maps, teaching artifacts and curriculum guides about Native American culture and history.
The History Museum is dedicated to serving area schools.
Our staff and volunteers are committed to providing fun and educational programing inside and outside of the museum's walls.
Get your students out of the classroom to see the city! During these fun programs, we hop on your bus and take your students on a history adventure throughout Appleton. School groups are responsible for arranging bus transportation for these tours.
Historic Appleton Adventure Bus Tour
Guided by Museum staff, this bus tour takes students through the City of Appleton, highlighting points of local history. The tour includes a visit to the Museum’s exhibits and Hearthstone Historic House Museum.
Recommended for grade 2-4
Black History Bus Tour
Bring your class on a bus tour of historical sites associated with Appleton's historic black community and the Civil Rights Era.
Group is responsible for bus transportation; museum does not have a bus.
Recommended for grades 5-12.
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.
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.
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.
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.