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..

The Appleton's permanent collection includes Mediterranean Antiquities,Pre-Columbian artifacts, European paintings, sculpture and decorative arts, Asian, Islamic and African art and artifacts as well as contemporary American and International works. The Edith Marie Appleton Wing provides frequently changing exhibitions in the Balcony Gallery and in the Edith Marie Gallery.

Field trips to the Appleton

The Appleton makes educational tours of the permanent collection and temporary exchibition available for students and youth groups. Due to the popularity of our school tour art activity program, it is recommended that you have two possible dates in consideration when making your reservation so we may accomodate your group. Special subject tours are also available upon request. For more information about group tours to the Appleton, please contact Lara Sundberg.

When making plans for a youth tour at the Appleton, please keep in mind:

  • Grades K-3 requires one adult chaperone for every five children, group size limited to 30 students.
  • Grades 4-12 requires one adult chaperone for every 10 students.
  • Chaperones are considered adults 18 and up. Chaperones must remain with students at all times.
  • Be respectful of other visitors in the museum by using a quiet voice when walking through the galleries and refrain from using cell phones.
  • Food and drink are not permitted in the galleries. Schools may make arrangements in advance for bag lunch facilities.
  • Pencils are the only writing implement permitted in the galleries.
  • You can view this excellent museum etiquette video with your students prior to your visit to familiarize them with the rules of a museum.
  • Photography is allolwed in the permanent collection galleries, unless otherwise noted. Please no use of flash or photography in the two temporary exhibition spaces.

  • Bus Reimbursement
    The Appleton is thrilled to be able to offer reimbursement for bus costs incurred by Marion County school field trips to the museum, thanks to a generous donor. If you are interested in taking advatage of this opportunity for your school, please contact Mary Moore for more information.


    Group Admission Rates

    The rates below 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, please contact Lara Sundberg.

    Museum Members Free
    Adults $7.00
    YOUTH (10-18 YRS) $4.00
    Youth (under 9 years) FREE
    Group bus driver FREE


    To make a reservation for a youth tour, please click here.

    The Appleton library

    The Appleton library supports the research and educational goals of the museum, the College of Central Florida and the community. It houses approximately 3,200 books, 30 periodical titles and 600 audio visual titles. Art history, studio art, architectural history, decorative art, the history of photography and exhibition information are some of the subjects that are included.

    Museum members are invited to use the library during regular museum hours. The library is an extension of the College of Central Floria and information about the collection can be found on the the CF Library website.

    Entrance is available during regular museum hours and visitors may register at the front desk for admission. The collections are non-circulating. A photocopier is available in the reading room. If the help of an educator or librarian is needed, please make an appointment by contacting Museum educator, Mary Moore.

    Lesson Plans

    The Education Department at the Appleton strives to make available specific information and lesson plans to supplement exhibitions on view at the museum as well as topics to inspire classroom and art teachers. Current topics with resources and lesson plans include:

  • How to make the most of your visit to the Appleton (grades K-8 and 9-12)
  • Art and Math
  • Ancient Art at the Appleton
  • New World Treasures: Hernando DeSoto's Florida Expedition
  • Interactive programs on the art and culture of Africa and Pre-Columbian regions are available for school visits. These are appropriate for grades 3-6.

    For more information about the Appleton's education resources, please contact Museum educator, Mary Moore.