Rental Information

The Appleton 's beautiful architecture provides a unique and elegant venue for weddings, receptions, company meetings, seminars, family reunions or any special ocassion. 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 150; seating in café and courtyard combined is 280. 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 Day, Base Rate: $225 / 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.

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