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

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.

Appleton Art for Arbor Day, January 15, 2 p.m.

In celebration of Florida's Arbor Day, January 16, docents will be stationed in galleries to meet with visitors and discuss the importance and symbolism of trees, flowers and other botanicals in the museum's permanent collection.

Mayan Art and Culture, February 26, 2 p.m.

Take an in-depth look at the art and artifacts in the Appleton's Mayan collection and the people that made them.

Women of the Appleton, March 26, 2 p.m.

Join us during Women's History Month for a guided tour of female artists and subjects from the permanent collection.

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

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