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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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Barlow Planetarium

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.

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Waterfront Area

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.

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Waterfront Area

Charles A. Grignon Mansion

In 1837, Charles A. Grignon built this elegant Mansion as a wedding gift for his Pennsylvania bride, Mary Elizabeth Meade. Today, a National and State Historic Site, the Grignon Mansion is a proud reminder of our state’s beginnings. Restored to the time period of 1837-62, when Charles lived there, the Mansion is a beautiful connection to our heritage.

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Heart of the Valley Area

Doty Cabin

This cabin in Doty Park was once home of Wisconsin's second governor, James Doty.

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Waterfront Area

Downtown Trolley

June to September, this free trolley makes a complete loop of Downtown and the Riverfront every 30 minutes with 12 scheduled stops along the way. Look for the black, green & red trolley stop signs!

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Appleton Area

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.

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Waterfront Area

Grignon Mansion

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.

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Heart of the Valley Area

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.

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Appleton Area

History Museum at the Castle

Here you'll find exhibits and collections that represent the history of Appleton and the Fox Cities. The museum is most-known for it's 'AKA Houdini' exhibit, featuring Harry Houdini, who called Appleton his hometown. The exhibit gives an interactive glimpse into his life and his magic. Amongst the other exhibits, you'll discover even more faces and events that have defined life in the Fox Cities.

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Appleton Area

International Softball Congress Hall of Fame

The International Softball Congress Hall of Fame features fastpitch softball memorabilia, photographs, souvenir programs and plaques of ISC Hall of Fame inductees.

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Heart of the Valley Area

Fox Cities Visitor Guide

Fox Cities Visitor Center

3433 W. College Avenue, Appleton, WI 54914

800-236-6673

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