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Whether you have an eye for art, an interest in history, or a late winter afternoon to fill with kiddos in tow, exploring museums in the Fox Cities will leave you filled with wonder, awe, and inspiration.
From local history to glass art, our 19 communities boast dozens of museums, historical sites, and cultural stops to explore, experience, and enjoy. Check out this year's newly curated exhibits, as well as longstanding favorites, at these Fox Cities museums.
History Museum at the Castle
The new "Fox Cities ABCs" exhibit highlights the best of the History Museum at the Castle's artifact collection in an interactive way sure to impress and engage children and adults alike. This clever, whimsically designed exhibit pairs iconic artifacts with each letter of the alphabet. With 90% of the museum's artifact collection not regularly on display, this exhibit features rarely displayed or seen artifacts from Fox Cities history.
The museum's regular Harry Houdini, Appleton history, and other longstanding exhibits are also open and part of regular admission.
Trout Museum of Art
For four decades, the SECURA Fine Arts Exhibition has featured work from nearly 100 of Wisconsin's most talented visual artists. From photography to acrylic paintings to ceramics, explore the varying styles, stories, and selections from this competitive, juried fine arts exhibition on display now through April 2020.
In addition to the SECURA Fine Arts Exhibition, the Trout Museum of Art hosts complementary events and regular classes for beginners and art enthusiasts alike.
Please note: As a public health precaution during the coronavirus state of emergency, the Trout Museum of Art has decided to remain closed to the public until further notice.
Hearthstone Historic House Museum
Hearthstone's newest exhibit, "America's Electrical National Treasure," highlights this historic home's priceless collection of original fixtures. Steeped in history, this home was the first in the United States to be on a central Edison system and was one of only three homes in the country to have had electric lighting in 1882.
The collection of historic Edison bulbs and hands-on aspects have been expanded as a part of this new exhibit. Tour this historic home and learn about why Hearthstone is "America's Electrical National Treasure."
Building for Kids Children's Museum
Take a swing. Make the shot. Explore new ways to play. The Building for Kids Children's Museum new exhibit, "Clubhouse Sports," combines sports and physics for an interactive and playful educational exhibit.
The exhibit, which opened February 11, complements the museum's other exhibits, including Kid's Town and Innovation Lab, the da Vinci Studio, the Discovery Tree, and more. Designed for discovery and multi-generational play, they'll bring out the childlike wonder and play in us all — a win everyone on these cold winter days.
Please note: As a public health precaution during the coronavirus state of emergency, the BFK has decided to remain closed to the public until further notice.
Did you know?
Many of our local museums are both kid-friendly and known as Fox Cities Originals, so they are unique to the Fox Cities, host collections like none other in the world, and provide hours (and days!) of fun and learning for all. Where will you #ExploreFoxCities first?
Savvy-Saver Insider Travel Tip
Appleton Downtown Inc. offers the Museums of Appleton Pass (M.A.P.) for both adults and children in Appleton's downtown and rivervfront districts. The discounted pass provides you one general admission into each of the museums. It expires after one year, so you can enjoy the museums and exhibits at your pace. Click here for more information or to purchase a pass.