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Through 2021, the state of Florida’s first responders, health care professionals, and educators can enjoy free admission to the museum as a “thank you” for their leadership, lifesaving work and heartfelt dedication to keeping communities safe. With an official work ID, the following professions may visit the Appleton with no admission fee.

Community Heroes Free Admission Categories
  • Law Enforcement
  • Firefighters
  • EMT
  • 911 Operators
  • Health Care Professionals
  • Hospital Professionals
  • Hospice Professionals
  • K-12, College and University Instructors

“Our community heroes on a daily basis share their will to be strong and courageous with everyone, even though one may not know their names,” said Dr. Jim Henningsen, CF president. “We call them heroes since we harvest the fruits of their sacrifice and work.”

Appleton Director Jason Steuber says, “Since 1987, the Appleton has been a community partner. Honoring our Florida and Marion County heroes is part of our everyday lives.” Appleton Assistant Director Victoria Billig adds, “Working with CF President Henningsen and our Advisory Council, the Appleton continues to be a leader among museums in Florida to offer year-round free admission to these heroes.”

Other free-admission categories at the Appleton include veterans and active-duty military; CF faculty, staff and students; children 5 and under; and Appleton members. Those with reciprocal memberships from other museums through Southeastern Museums Conference and North American Reciprocal Membership programs also receive free entry to the Appleton. Click here to view all admission categories.

(left to right) Jason Steuber, director, Appleton Museum of Art; Victoria Billig, assistant director, Appleton Museum of Art; Captain Jules Bouckhuyt, Ocala Fire Rescue; Captain Anthony Ortiz, OFR; Dave Osteen, OFR; Dr. Jillian Ramsammy, vice president of Institutional Effectiveness and College Relations, College of Central Florida; and Dr. Jim Henningsen, president, College of Central Florida.

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