Ever wonder how Harry Houdini prepared himself to be submerged in ice cold water? Or why the Fox Cities terrain is so flat? Or what it was like to have the first house in the country with it's own hydroelectric power? Or how paper is made?
You can find the answers to these questions and many more at one of several wonderful Fox Cities museums.
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The Barlow Planetarium at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley is a world-class facility for exploring the night sky or watching an exciting laser light show. Enjoy 3-D excitement in every show on our 48-foot projection dome theatre. Star Shows, Children's Star Shows, Family Laser shows and Rock Laser Shows change frequently.See More
Bergstrom Mahler Museum of Glass
See stunning glass, including antique paperweights, Germanic drinking glasses and jaw-dropping contemporary glass sculpture. The museum is located on the shore of Lake Winnebago. Visit our unique gift shop. Free admission, all ages are welcome.See More
Building for Kids Children's Museum
The Building for Kids Children’s Museum’s mission is to empower children, engage parents and energize communities.
We accomplish our mission by providing specially designed exhibits, programs and events. Our goal is to inspire, teach and reinforce curiosity.
Charles A. Grignon Mansion
In the days before Wisconsin’s statehood, the Fox River was an important water highway for travelers and fur traders. At a natural portage point along the Fox, where the Mansion now stands, a trading post was established as early as 1760. Charles A. Grignon, whose family had been active in the fur trade for over 100 years, took over this post in 1830.See More
This cabin in Doty Park was once home of Wisconsin's second governor, James Doty.See More
EAA Aviation Museum
The museum is one of the most extensive aviation attractions in the world, a year-round destination for the entire family. Explore our world-class displays & gallaries. Marvel at aviation innovations in our collection of more than 250 historic airplanes. Take a ride in a vintage airplane at Pioneer Airport -- a real working aerodome right out of the 'golden age' of aviation Hands on in KidVenture Gallery.See More
Free Downtown Cool Trolley!
June to September, this free trolley makes a complete loop of Downtown and the Riverfront every 20 minutes with 12 scheduled stops along the way. Look for the black, green & red trolley stop signs!See More
The Charles A. Grignon Mansion was built in 1837 in the then-popular Greek Revival style of architecture. Charles A. Grignon was an early French fur trader in the northeast Wisconsin. The Mansion if fully furnished with both reproduction and original family furnishings to reflect the time period of 1837 to 1862.See More
Hearthstone Historic House Museum
Built in 1882, this stunning Victorian landmark is the first home in the world lit by a hydroelectric central station based on the Thomas A. Edison system. Guided tours of the museum offer a step back in time to the dawn of domestic electricity. Original light fixtures, light switches, woodwork, stained glass and beautiful architecture greet each guest. An exciting hydro-adventure discovery center and gift shop are just right for kids of all ages. Changing exhibits, events and programs are held throughout the year.See More
History Museum at the Castle
What Big League slugger got his start in the Fox Valley? What escape artist and magician called Appleton home? What controversial politician put Appleton on the map? Discover the faces and events that define life in the Fox Cities through kid-friendly, interactive and award-winning exhibits at the History Museum at the Castle.See More