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

Beyond the Beauty, October 30, 2 p.m.

What dark secrets lie beyond the beauty of certain works in the Appleton's permanent collection?

Little Apple Meets the Big Apple, November 20, 2 p.m.

A tour of works by European and American artists featured in the permanent collections of the Appleton, as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, NY.

In Good Company, December 18, 2 p.m.

Tour the work of artists in the permanent collection who are also in world-renowned museums like the Louvre, The Getty amd the National Gallery of Art.


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