At the History Museum at the Castle
Conveniently located in downtown Appleton, the History Museum at the Castle is a must-see destination for travelers exploring Wisconsin. The museum itself, a former Masonic Temple designed to look like a castle, is an architectural oddity recognized as a National Historic Landmark. Yet inside those walls is a thriving cultural institution with deep ties to the local community. This modern museum currently features a nationally traveling exhibition GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World dedicated to the history, science, and cultural impact of this iconic instrument. Play a diddley bow, experiment with sound, or strum the world’s largest playable guitar while you take in more than 70 unique guitars on display.
Then unlock the magic of the museum’s AKA Houdini exhibition. Legendary magician Harry Houdini once called Appleton home, and the exhibit take visitors through his childhood, rise to fame, and enduring legacy. Kids, and the young at heart, learn to perform Houdini’s iconic illusions and escapes. Dare to be amazed surrounded by Houdini’s handcuffs, locks, picks, and straightjacket! This highly interactive exhibit reveals Houdini’s tricks of the trade, yet still leaves you marveling, “How’d he do that?”
This small museum even earned national fame in 2018 for winning the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. So, if you’re traveling in Wisconsin be sure to stop off and see the History Museum at the Castle. myhistorymuseum.org