Themed Tours

Once a month the Appleton provides special, docent-led Themed Tours of the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. Themed Tours are generally scheduled at 2 p.m. on the last Thurdsay of each month.

For more information or to RSVP for a Themed Tour, click here.

2016 Themed Tours

April 28, 2 p.m.
How to Look at a Painting...Really

What does it take to truly know what you're seeing when you look at a work of art? Enrich your viewing experiences and explore the practical skill of looking at art.

May 26, 2 p.m.
Chocolate Lovers of Ancient Middle America

The ruler Moctezuma II served the conquistador Cortes a frothy chocolate beverage. Join us for a big gulp of Ancient Middle American art and culture.

June 30, 2 p.m.
How It's Made

Ever wonder how a bronze statue or a lacquer vase was created? Inquiring minds will find the answer to these and many more questions on this informative tour.

July 28, 2 p.m.
Americans at the Appleton

Take a in-depth tour of the American artists and subjects found in the Appleton’s permanent collection.

August 25, 2 p.m.
The Art of Labor

For centuries, workers have been an inspiring subjects for artists. This tour will highlight the manner in which artists at the Appleton have uniquely portrayed these individuals as they toil at their respective crafts.


Docents fulfill an important volunteer position at the museum, leading groups of patrons on tours of the permanent collection and special exhibitions. For more information about becoming a docent at the Appleton Museum of Art, click here.



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