Museums of Appleton PASS (M.A.P.)

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GET YOUR M.A.P. TODAY!

You’ll get admission to some of the best museums in Appleton, packaged into one convenient pass with big savings. Your M.A.P. will guide you from museum to museum allowing you to experience the arts, history, imagination, and so much more. Visit and explore 4 museums or all 5 museums with two different pass options.

APPLETON HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM, 128 N. DURKEE STREET DISCOVER APPLETON’S HISTORY!

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New exciting displays on Appleton’s Great History. See the Then and Now of Appleton’s Past. See a re-creation of the Jimos Hat Cleaners and Shoe Shine Parlor, Unique Manufactured Items, and a wonderful collection of maps and views dating from 1840.

The Appleton Historical Society also offers public meetings featuring the history of Appleton, history fairs displaying various items related to Appleton’s history, a cemetery walk featuring historic folks, and a museum and research center both displaying various aspects of Appleton’s history. Our displays and presentations of Appleton’s past bring delight and sometimes tears to the eyes of those who visit us.

Learn more about the Appleton Historical Society and plan your visit, check them out on Facebook! Click here.

HEARTHSTONE HISTORIC HOUSE MUSEUM, 625 W. PROSPECT AVENUE

Hearthstone Historic House Museum is a nationally renown historic site – the first private residence to be powered by hydro-electricity. The original house was electrified using the country’s first hydroelectric central power station employing the Edison system, and still contains original Edison “electroliers,” light switches, and some of the world’s only examples of original Edison wiring. The house and museum features hands-on exhibits renewable resources and, of course, electricity.

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Queen Anne Style Victorian Architecture

The beautiful Queen Anne Victorian architecture, with breathtaking interiors,is a must-see Appleton attraction. Exhibiting a remarkable level of artistry in both its exterior and interior, this house is an exceptional representation of the Queen Anne style. Designed by William Waters, a nationally known 19th century architect, Hearthstone presents a strong physical impression as it interprets the elements that characterize the Queen Anne style of architecture. Enjoy the local history of Wisconsin, the Gilded Age, and fortunes won and lost.

PAPER DISCOVERY CENTER, 425 W. WATER STREET

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The Paper Discovery Center is a museum and workshop center focused on papermaking, since paper is an important local industry. Programs in the past have included hands-on work experience, tours, and general information on papermaking. The Paper International Hall of Fame, at the Center, was founded in 1992 by a small group of paper industry leaders. They felt strongly that those who had done so much to develop the industry should be recognized for their impact in the health, education and general well-being of people all over the world.

Paper is an important part of the manufacturing contribution to the economy and the Hall of Fame is instrumental in preserving that history.  

The Paper Discovery Center opened in March 2005 as a science and technology education museum. The museum fosters the understanding of paper and related industries, its heritage, impact on quality of life, and challenges and opportunities. This restored building, formerly the Atlas Paper Company, has been called a jewel. Come discover this jewel on the banks of the historic Fox River for yourself!

THE TROUT MUSEUM OF ART, 111 W. COLLEGE AVENUE

The Trout Museum of Art is an important component of the Fox Cities Building for the Arts. The Trout Museum of Art’s mission is to excite the Fox Cities about the visual arts. The activities which allow the art museum to fulfill its mission include: exhibitions, educational programming and special events such as the annual Art at the Park

artist exhibitor festival, lectures, workshops, and family fun days.

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The Appleton Artists Guild set out in 1960 to provide educational opportunities for local artists, create a suitable viewing gallery, and amass a permanent collection starting. The very first activities pursued by the guild were sharing and critiquing artwork and technique. The Appleton Gallery of Art moved from their first gallery on Morrison Street in 1972, to their current location on College Avenue and became the Appleton Art Center in 2002. The generosity of Dr. Monroe E. and Sandra Trout fulfilled a long time hope to have a permanent collection of visual art when they gifted their collection to the Appleton Art Center in 2010, along with a $1 million endowment to preserve, protect and promote the collection.

BUILDING FOR KIDS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, 100 W. COLLEGE AVE

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Building for Kids Children’s Museum’s mission is to empower children, engage parents and energize communities. Our 30,000+ square feet of specially designed, interactive exhibit space includes a real fire truck, Gulfstream aircraft, and a space just for crawlers and toddlers! Our da Vinci Studio encourages kids to explore their creative side and the Innovation Lab inspires STEM curiosity. With all this and our unique programs, we have an adventure for children of “all ages.”

VISIT AND EXPLORE WITH TWO DIFFERENT PASS OPTIONS: 

4 Museums: $20 for adults & $16 for youth (age 17 or younger) 

• Appleton Historical Society  

• Hearthstone Historic House Museum  

• Paper Discovery Center  

• The Trout Museum of Art 5 Museums: $25 for adults & $20 for youth (age 17 or younger) 

The four museums above plus  

• Building for Kids Children’s Museum

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Both pass options will give you a 20% savings from individually purchased general admission prices. Your M.A.P. provides you 1 general admission pass into each of the museums (pass expires after 1 year). You can enjoy all the museums at your own pace!  Personalize your voyage through Appleton by planning your trip according to individual museum hours.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR M.A.P. TODAY! MAP purchases can be made online, in person at the Appleton Downtown Inc (ADI) office , 333 W College Ave Suite 100, Appleton, or over the phone 920-954-9112. Your pass will then either be mailed to you (an additional $2.50 shipping cost per order) or you can pick them up at the ADI office.

note, the Appleton Downtown Inc. office and 4 of the 5 museums are within east walking distance of the Franklin Street Inn Bed and Breakfast. The Hearthstone Historic House and Museum is a very short drive from the Inn. Come relax with us and spend some time at the museums learning about Appleton.