With an extensive collection of more than 18,000 objects spanning 3,000 years and multiple cultures, the Appleton is proud to partner with teachers, schools, homeschoolers and parents to provide resources to enrich the education of children.

Mr. Appleton's eclectic taste in art encompassed many genres and as a result, the museum's permanent collection is varied with everything from European paintings to Meso American and African artifacts to contemporary art and sculpture. In addition to the permanent collections, the Appleton also hosts special, temporary exhibitions.

Visiting a museum offers the unique opportunity to experience the size and scale of the artwork, see the brushstrokes on the canvas and fully walk around the sculpture and other 3-dimensional objects. We hope that you will visit in person, but if not, we will send the Appleton to you through programs like Appleton-on-the-Go.

Field trip Information

The Appleton provides educational tours of the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions available for students and youth groups. Special subject tours and time to create art in our ARTSpace are also available upon request. Due to the popularity of the Field Trip Program, it is recommended that you schedule well in advance and have two possible dates when making your reservation so we may accommodate your group. For more information about group tours and field trips to the Appleton, please contact Hollis Mutch.

When making plans for field trips or youth tours of the Appleton, please keep in mind:

  • Grades K-3 require one adult chaperone for every five students; group size is limited to 30.
  • Grades 4-12 require one adult chaperone for every 10 students.
  • Chaperones are defined as adults who are 18 and up. Chaperones must remain attentive to students and refrain from using cell phones or other devices.
  • Pencils are the only writing implement permitted in the galleries.
  • Food and drink are not permitted in the galleries. Schools may make arrangements in advance for bag lunch accommodations.
  • Photography without flash IS permitted in the permanent collection galleries unless otherwise noted. Photography is NOT permitted in the temporary exhibition spaces.
  • We encourage you to view this informative museum etiquette video with your students prior to your visit.

  • Bus Reimbursement Program

    The Appleton offers reimbursement to Marion County Schools for bus costs incurred by field trips to the Appleton. If you are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity for reimbursement, please click here to view and download the request form. The Bus Reimbursement Program has been made possible through a generous donation by the Kraus Family.

    Group Admission Rates

    The following rates apply to groups of 15 or more. For groups of less than 15, regular museum admission prices apply. Payment can be made in person the day of the tour or for other payment options, contact Griselle Gonzalez-Vazquez.

    Appleton Members Free
    Adults $8.00
    Seniors (age 55+ Yrs) $6.00
    EDUCATOR with ID $5.00
    UNIVERSITY STUDENT with id $5.00
    YOUTH (K-12) $3.00
    Youth (Pre-K) FREE
    Group bus driver FREE

    To make an online reservation for a field trip or youth tour, please click here.

    Appleton-on-the-go Outreach Program

    Thanks to grant funding provided by Marion Cultural Alliance and other donors, as well as the work of museum educators and docents, the Appleton is now pleased to offer the Appleton-on-the-Go program. This program allows us to send trained instructors to any classroom with age-appropriate stories to tell, artifacts to touch and educational materials to be left with the teacher. Choose one of four available programs that will introduce your students to collections that can be found at the Appleton. These presentations are specifically designed for grades 3-6.

    Program Choices
  • Africa: A general introduction to life on a large continent
  • Asia: Specifically focusing on the elegant cultures of China and Japan
  • Ancient Civilizations: How the art of Egypt, Greece and Rome influence us today
  • Presentations for high school students also available by request

  • It is our hope that these classroom visits will enhance teachers' curricula, strengthen critical thinking and introduce students to their local museum and the treasure of art that it holds.

    Presentations are intended for 25-30 students and should last one class period. There should be no more than 3 classes per visit. Please call the Education Department at least one month in advance to make reservations for Appleton-on-the-Go to visit your classroom, 352-291-4455, ext. 1613.