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:
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 contact Hollis Mutch for more information. 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.
|Seniors (age 55+ Yrs)||$6.00|
|EDUCATOR with ID||$5.00|
|UNIVERSITY STUDENT with id||$5.00|
|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.
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.
The Appleton's Education Department makes available specific information and lesson plans to supplement exhibitions on view at the museum, as well as topics to inspire core-curriculum and art teachers. Please contact Hollis Mutch concerning your interests and information will be sent to you.