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The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, is home to more than 24,000 objects and is located in North Central Florida — just a quick trip from Orlando, Tampa or Jacksonville.

blue star museum logoNow through Labor Day, the Blue Star Museums program provides free admission to currently serving U.S. military personnel and their families this summer. The Appleton extends this initiative to veterans and their families.


  • Adults
  • Youth (ages 6-17)
  • Children 5 & under


  • Seniors (ages 55+)
  • Educators
  • University Students (with ID)
  • AAA Members (with current card)
  • Appleton Members
  • Reciprocal Members (with current card) NARM Members
  • Reciprocal Members (with current card) SERM Members
  • CF Students, Faculty & Staff (with ID)
  • Veterans (with ID) and up to 5 family members
  • Active Duty Military (with ID) and up to 5 family members
  • State of Florida First Responders, Healthcare Professionals & Educators Community Heroes Free Admission Program
  • Appleton Store only
  • Group Admission
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Getting Here

The Appleton Museum of Art is located in the North Central Florida city of Ocala, seven miles east of I-75 on SR 40 (Exit 352) and 62 miles west of I-95 on SR 40 (Exit 268).


The Appleton Museum of Art is committed to making its collections, building, programs and services accessible to all our visitors. For general access information, contact 352-291-4455 or

  • Parking spaces are available for vehicles with valid DMV handicapped parking stickers or license plates on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The museum is wheelchair- and scooter-friendly. Wheelchairs are complimentary and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please ask Visitor Services for assistance.
  • An elevator to the second-floor galleries is located to the right of the lobby.
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act defines a service animal as any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability. These service animals are permitted in the museum.

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Sensory Sensitivity Kits

For those who may experience sensory sensitivities, the Appleton lends kits for ages 6 months and up to be used in the museum, which include a backpack with noise reduction headphones, sunglasses, fidgets, color-mixing paddles, communication cards, visual timer, a museum-related book and a weighted lap pad. Kits are available to borrow on a first-come, first-served basis and can be checked out by leaving a driver’s license or other form of valid identification. There is no fee to borrow a kit; please inquire with Visitor Services.

EnChroma Glasses for Color Blindness

EnChroma’s patented lens technology helps people with red-green color blindness see an expanded range of colors and see them more vibrantly, clearly and distinctly. EnChroma glasses are available to borrow for free on a first-come, first-served basis and can be checked out by leaving a driver’s license or other form of valid identification. Various sizes available; appropriate for ages 3 and up. Please inquire with Visitor Services.

For assistance with any accessibility questions or needs, please speak with Visitor Services upon arrival, or contact 352-291-4455 in advance of your visit.

Visitor Policies

Cameras and Photography

Non-flash photography is permitted in all permanent collection galleries, outdoor spaces and public areas. Please check with Visitor Services on the photography policy for special exhibitions. Commercial photography and videography must be pre-arranged through

Continuous Notice of Nondiscrimination

College of Central Florida offers equal access and opportunity in employment, admissions and educational activities. The college will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, marital status, national origin, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or disability status in its employment practices or in the admission and treatment of students. Recognizing that sexual harassment constitutes discrimination on the basis of sex and violates this policy statement, the college will not tolerate such conduct.

College of Central Florida is an equal opportunity college and avows its belief in equal access and opportunity for all students, employees and guests of the institution. If you have a concern regarding discrimination or harassment, please contact Dr. Mary Ann Begley, Title IX Coordinator, Ocala Campus, Building 3, Room 116, 3001 S.W. College Road, 352-291-4410, or

Food, Drink and Tobacco

The Appleton does not have a restaurant, and food and drink are permitted only in designated areas. In compliance with the College of Central Florida’s Tobacco Free Campus policy, tobacco products are prohibited in the museum and on museum grounds.


Please maintain a distance of at least 12 inches from the artwork, and do not touch the artwork. Many of the works on display are fragile and the oils in human skin can cause damage and slowly deteriorate the art.

Personal Belongings

Large items including purses, parcels, briefcases and backpacks which measure more than 11 x 15 in., as well as umbrellas, must be checked at Visitor Services before entering the galleries.

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