DOcent-led Tours At The Appleton

Themed Tours

The Appleton provides docent-led themed tours of the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions at 2 p.m. throughout the year.

To attend one of the themed tours, RSVP online here. For more information, call Lara Sundberg, 352-291-4455, ext. 1836 or email here.

Upcoming Themed Tours

Appleton Animals; Real and Legendary, April 30, 2 p.m.

Join this tour explaining the many animals found throughout the museum's permanent collection.

Focus on the Ancient Collection, May 28, 2 p.m.

Take a detailed tour of he ancient art and artifacts in the permanent collection which includes etruscan, Egyptian, Roman and Greek pieces.

Discovering the Appleton, June 25, 2 p.m.

This special tour of the permanent collection is for our young visitors, ages 6-12 years old, but children of all ages are welcome. An optional video will be shown at the conclusion of the tour.

Americans at the Appleton, July 30, 2 p.m.

Enjoy a tour of American artists and subject matter from the permanent collection, including the story of Arthur Appleton.

When Small is Huge, August 27, 2 p.m.

Focus on small details that play a huge compositional role in paintings from the permanent collection.


The word docent is derived from the Latin word docere, meaning ‘to teach’. Docents lead groups of patrons on tours of the museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions. You do not need an art background to be a docent. Class content consists of learning about the Appleton’s collection, relevant art history, and touring techniques and tips. Upon conclusion of training Docents attend monthly meetings on the first Tuesday of every month. During the meeting tours are assigned, information is disseminated, and up-to-date education offerings are presented . A volunteer application is required to attend the classes.

New Docent classes will run October 8 through March 18, 2015 with time off for the holidays. Class is once a week on Wednesdays from 10am-12pm. For information contact Mary Moore at 352-291-4455 x1613 or



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