Hearthstone Historic House Museum



Hearthstone is closed for regular tours beginning Monday, January 15, 2018.
We will reopen on Thursday, April 5, 2018. School tours may be scheduled during this time

On the days the Appleton public schools are closed due to inclement weather, Hearthstone will also be closed.

A sign supposedly posted in hotel rooms in 1892

School Tours

For an illuminating experience schedule a group tour of Hearthstone Historic House Museum. Hearthstone is an 1882 Victorian landmark in Appleton, WI. It is the first home in the world lit by a hydroelectric central station based on Thomas Edison’s system. Students will see original Edison light switches and electroliers still in operation, learn about life in the late 19th Century and be able to explore our hands-on Hydro-Adventure Center.

Tour Hours

School Groups may tour Hearthstone Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. Tours take one hour, including time to visit the self-guided hands-on Hydro-Adventure center.

Scheduling at a Glance

Tours must be scheduled at least four (4) weeks in advance - call Hearthstone and schedule your tour, please have contact information and a rough estimate of the number of individuals expected.

Please call with your final count of students and adults one week before your tour

Full payment is expected at the end of your tour, this includes all students and adult chaperones. Please have one payment for all members of your tour. If prepayment is preferred we will not refund money for absent students. We will give you free passes for absent students to use. We accept checks, cash and credit cards.

Tour Size

Maximum tour size is 45 individuals. Alternating shifts may be used to accommodate larger groups.

Use and Accessibility

Hearthstone is a museum. For the protection of the artifacts no food, drink, photography or recording devices are allowed. The historic character of the house limits accessibility. Guests will need to climb stairs to enter the house and to access all three floors inside. Arrangements may be made in advance to use the single occupant lift to access the lower and first floor. Reading material and photographs of the second floor are available.


Under 15 individuals: Regular $6 per adult Regular $3 per child (5-17)

Christmas $7 per adult Christmas $4 per child (5-17)

Over 15 individuals: Regular $5 per adult Regular $2.50 per child (5-17)

Christmas $6 per adult Christmas $3.50 per child (5-17)

Parking Facilities

Buses may not pull into or park in Hearthstone’s driveway. Passengers will be met at the bus with instructions on disembarking and entering the museum. The bus may park on one of the side streets. Parking is not available on Prospect Avenue.

Car and van parking is very limited. Cars and vans may park in the front or rear parking areas of Hearthstone or in the grass off to the side of the driveway. Please do not block the driveway. Additional parking is available less than one block away on State Street.

Contact Us:

920-730-8204 (phone)

920-730-8266 (fax)

Hearthstone Historic House Museum

625 W. Prospect

Appleton, WI



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