Open Daily

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

330 E. College Ave., Appleton, WI

920-735-9370

School Days

Fall School Days: Home and Harvest

Date: October 2-3, 2019
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
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, 2019
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

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.

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.

Program Length 1 hour

Recommended for grades 2-5


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.
Program length 1 hour
Recommended for grades 2-5


Native American History Traveling Trunks
Free rental for classrooms!
The museum comes to you! 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.

Program length 1 hour
Recommended for grades 2-5

In the Classroom

Bus Tours

Museum Visit

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. 

School Programs


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.



*School groups are responsible for arranging bus transportation for tours. 


​Museum Tour--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 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. 

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.
Program length: 30-45 minutes
Capacity: Up to 25 students at a time
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.
Capacity: Up to 25 students at a time
Program Length: about 30 minutes
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
Program Length: About 30 minutes.
​Content can be adjusted to fit any age group, grades 2-12.