Open Daily

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

330 E. College Ave., Appleton, WI


Off-Site Programs

Black History Bus Tour 

Bring you 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.

​See brochure for more details.


In partnership with the Building for Kids Children's Museum

​Explore science in a whole new way with this two-part field trip. Learn that many of the mysteries behind magic illustrate concepts of optical illusion and the properties of air pressure at The History Museum at the Castle. Then, at The Building for Kids, students will discover the properties of matter and how they can transform. NGSS: 3-PS2-1, 3-PS2-3 Wisconsin Academic Standards for Science: C.4.2, D.4.4, D.4.8, G.4.1

​Recommended for grades 2-4

​TO REGISTER visit the Building for Kid's website.  

Cemetery Tours

Discover Appleton's history on a guided tour of Riverside Cemetery. Choose between two tour themes:

​"Stories in the Stones" covers prominent Appleton citizens, and "Appleton's Early African American Community" covers the history of the area's first Black families.

Program Length: 1-1.5 hours

​Recommended for grades 6-12

School Days 

These interactive field trips are held every May and October on the grounds of the Grignon Mansion in Kaukauna. Be sure to register early as spots fill quickly. Contact Curator Emily Rock at

Wisconsin's First People  

$40 / class presentation

Presented by Museum staff and volunteers in your classroom, this program covers the history and culture of Wisconsin’s Native American tribes.

Program Length: 1-1.5 hours

Recommended for grades 2-5

Re-Discovering Historical Memory

$40 / class presentation

This in-class program gives students an introduction to primary sources, focusing on the memories of local older adults. The Museum provides a variety of sources for students to investigate, and then use to write a short research essay about a topic in Wisconsin history.

Program Length: 1 hour

Recommended for grade 4

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.

Recommended for grades 2-5

In the Classroom

Joint Field Trips

On-Site Programs

The Museum offers fun-filled, learning experiences for students from grades 2 to 12. Our field trips align with state learning standards. Public schools, private schools, homeschool groups, day cares, scout groups, and summer camps may schedule group visits.

Reservations are necessary for all programs and must be made at least 2 weeks in advance. Each visit costs $5.00 per student* for groups of 10 or more. Groups of fewer than 10 are charged a flat fee of $50. This rate includes access to all exhibits and one guided program (listed below). Each additional guided program costs $.50 per student. 

One chaperon for every 8 students is required and admitted free of charge. Each adult exceeding this ratio will be charged an adult group admission ($10). 

*Special Admission Rates for Gridiron Glory for groups that book starting Nov 10 through January 6, 2019

Please contact Curator Emily Rock at for more information and to schedule a program.

School and Youth Programs


The Museum offers Cub Scout Clinics each spring designed as self-directed activities that rely upon the Character Connections values of responsibility, respect, and cooperation.  

2019 Schedule

​​Bears: Marble Madness Elective Adventure plus partial Paws for Action Core Adventure
Saturday, January 26, 2019
 1:00pm-3:00 pm
$8 per scout/sibling

Let’s get rolling and learn all about marbles. Learn and play a game and much more. Also learn about famous Americans while you visit the museum. Complete all of Marble Madness (1-8) and requirement 1 of Paws for Action.

Tigers: Curiosity, Intrigue, and Magical Mysteries Elective Adventure
Saturday, February 16, 2018
1:00pm-3:00pm pm
$8 per scout/sibling

What better place to learn about magic than an exhibit about Harry Houdini? There will be lots of exciting hands-on activity for this mysterious, magical day. Completes all requirements 1-8.


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

Download the History Bus Tour program flyer for more information on scheduling and program length.

Museum Tour--Self Exploration 

Led by teachers and chaperons, students experience a self-guided tour of the Museum’s current exhibits. Using exploration activity sheets, we encourage groups to discover our exhibits at their own pace. All groups receive an orientation to the museums and exhibits upon arrival. Can accommodate up to 90 students.

Recommended for any grade (The Museum can provide activity sheets geared toward different age groups).

Hometown Houdini

Students 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. Can accommodate up to 25 students (if you have more, your group may be split up and do one tour after the other)

Program Length: tour is about half an hour, any remaining time can be spent exploring the exhibit and other museum exhibits.

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 20 students.

Program length: About 1.5 hours

Recommended for grades 6-12

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.

Program Length: About half an hour.

​Content can be adjusted to fit any age group, grades 2-12.