Themed Tours

Once a month the Appleton provides Themed Tours of the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, led by special guests or docents. Themed Tours are generally scheduled at 2 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month.

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

2017 Themed Tours

January 26, 2 p.m.
The Bonheur Legacy
(Docent: Lori Kenny)
Auguste Bonheur was the oldest brother in the famous Bonheur Family. Called “the forgotten brother,” he became known as the elite “peintre animalier” with his bucolic landscapes. His artwork has often been overshadowed by the work of Rosa, his challenging, unconventional sister. View the work of these two artists, their love of animals, and what sets them apart.

February 23, 2 p.m.
A "Still" Life
(Docents: Roberta English and Kathleen Smith)
Explore the artistic life of internationally-known Florida artist Christopher Still, who honors the heritage of his home state. Watch Return to Picnic Island, a 40-min. video featuring Still’s artwork, based on exploring the local history and sea life. Then take an in-depth look at his two paintings in our collection.

March 30, 2 p.m.
Lions, Tigers, Birds...Oh My!
(Docent: Ruth Dexheimer)
This tour takes a deeper look at smaller details and what their significance and symbolism can mean to a larger piece of art or to an overall area of the museum. Lions are known for courage and strength, but what about tigers? Also look at the many birds in Mr. Appleton’s collection from small and large to domesticated and wild.

April 27, 2 p.m.
Above the Clouds
(Docent: Kathleen Smith)
Fleeting, tenuous and transitional–clouds are an inspirational subject for artists, eliciting a spectrum of emotion. Explore the artistry of clouds in several works from our permanent collection.


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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