Rental Information

The Appleton's beautiful architecture provides a unique and elegant venue for weddings, receptions, company meetings, seminars, family reunions or any special occasion. Give your guests an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind experience.

The Appleton offers several different spaces to meet the needs of your event:


Day, Base Rate: $500 / Evening, Base Rate: $600
Our 250 seat auditorium is perfect for lectures, seminars, performances or wedding ceremonies. Amenities include sound, PowerPoint, DVD and a slide projector, for a small fee. No food or beverages are permitted in the auditorium.

  • Seats a maximum of 250 people.
  • Facilities include sound, power point, video (DVD), CD player, slide projectors.


courtside CAFÉ and COURTYARD

Day, Base Rate: $400 / Evening, Base Rate: $700
The café and courtyard are ideal for elegant parties, dinners and wedding receptions. Maximum seating in the café is 100; seating in café and courtyard combined is 250. Outside catering is required.

Auditorium, Courtside CAFÉ and COURTYARD

Base Rate: $1,000
Combine the auditorium, café and courtyard to host a reception after your program or presentation. To add access to the first floor galleries, the daytime rate is $1,200 and evening rate is $1400. No food or beverages are permitted in the auditorium or museum galleries.


Single Room Day, Base Rate: $175 / Evening, Base Rate: $200
ARTSpace Evening, Base Rate: $250
Our classrooms are ideal for programs that require tables, chairs, or a more educational environment. A portable sound system and projectors are available. Single room capacity is 35 people with chairs only or 15-20 people with the addition of tables. ARTSpace capacity is 100 people with chairs only or 65 people with the addition of tables, and is only available in the evening.

Additional Fees & Information

Security Fees: $25 per hour, per guard (minimum requirement of 4 guards)
Custodial Fees: $25 per hour, per custodian
Audio Visual Technician: $30 per hour
Audio Visual Items: $30 per item
Moving/Tuning Piano: $400
Bride/Groom Changing Rooms: $50 per room

Liability Insurance is required and may be purchased through the museum or provide by the renter; please call for information on insurance pricing. Events selling alcohol require liquor liability insurance and a liquor license.

The museum offers a 30% discount to nonprofit organizations; discount applied towards rental fee only, not additional fees. The museum may not be used for fundraising events.  Evening rates apply to events beginning at or after 5:30 p.m.

To make reservations for your special event, please contact Colleen Harper at 352-291-4455, ext. 1831 or

Banner photo courtesy of djamel photography