Current Exhibitions

A Dickens Christmas:
The Urban Family Holiday Exhibition

November 9, 2019-January 5, 2020

The Appleton and the Urban Family invite you to celebrate A Dickens Christmas. Along with the popular Dickens Village, nutcrackers and caroler collection, see several of the Urban's beloved, themed trees throughout the museum. Trees decorated by community members and businesses will also be on display in the second-floor galleries.

The Urban Family Day Event
Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy free admission all day to see the exhibits, have photos taken with Santa and make holiday-inspired art in the ARTSpace.

Noon to 3 p.m., take carriage rides and enjoy light refreshments.

Across the Atlantic:
American Impressionism Through the French Lens

November 2, 2019-January 5, 2020

Drawn mostly from the collection of the Reading Public Museum, this exhibition explores the path to Impressionism through the 19th century in France. The show examines the sometimes complex relationship between French Impressionism of the 1870s and 80s and the American interpretation of the style in the decades that followed. More than 65 paintings and works on paper help tell the story of the “new style” of painting which developed at the end of the 19th century—one that emphasized light and atmospheric conditions, rapid or loose brushstrokes, and a focus on brightly colored scenes from everyday life, including both urban and rural settings.

The exhibition, events and programming are sponsored in part by Marion Cultural Alliance, Fine Arts for Ocala, Art Bridges and CAMPUS USA Credit Union.

Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism Through the French Lens is organized by the Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.

Florida Impressions:
Relief Prints by Leslie Peebles

July 21, 2019-January 12, 2020

Leslie Peebles is an ardent environmentalist and naturalist who connects her audience to the flora and fauna of Florida. Our state’s vanishing wilderness, from the Everglades to Okefenokee Swamp, has become a big source of inspiration for Leslie’s work. Her primary medium is printmaking; wood-cut and lino-cut relief print, letterpress and collagraph.

Artistic Legacy: The Story of Arthur I. Appleton
and The Appleton Museum of Art


Ever wondered where the Appleton Museum of Art got its name, or how the museum found a home in Ocala? Stroll through the history of the Appleton Family and the museum to learn all about Marion County's cultural gem.

Art for the Afterlife: Chinese Funerary Objects


Historically, elite individuals in Chinese society were buried with all of the everyday items that they might need in the next realm. Objects such as clay servants and musicians, as well as a finely glazed Tang Dynasty ceramic horse and stunning tomb guardian figurines, make up this display from the Appleton’s permanent collection.