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Appleton Christmas Exhibit Free for Families Dec. 7 and 21

Nov. 21, 2013

Christmas has arrived at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida. “A Dickens’ Christmas: The Urban Family Collection” is on display in the museum’s lobby and first floor galleries through Jan. 5.
There will be free admission to the exhibit during Family Days Dec. 7 and 21 from 1-3 p.m. Families are invited to see the exhibit, meet Santa Claus and enjoy holiday treats.

The exhibit features decorated trees, miniature villages, nativity scenes, nutcracker soldiers and countless items collected by Ocala cardiologist Dr. Paul Urban, his wife, Joyce, and their daughters Katie, Kristie, Kassie and Karlie.

As a child living in Philadelphia, Joyce Urban was mesmerized by the department store decorations she saw on her way to visit Santa. This wonder of Christmas has stayed with her through the years and she has shared her family collection since 1989.

Daily admission to the Appleton Museum is $6 for adults; $4 for seniors 55 or better and students 19 and over; $3 for youths ages 10-18; and free for members, CF students, children age 9 and under, and active military personnel and their immediate families.

In addition, the Appleton Museum of Art offers a permanent collection of European, American and Contemporary art, plus Asian, African, Islamic and pre-Columbian artifacts and antiquities. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays and closed on Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. A 12-month membership is available for $25 for seniors 55 and over, $30 for adults 18 and over, $40 for two seniors over age 55, $50 for a family of two adults and any children under age 18, and $15 for all college students and current or retired educators. Owned and operated by College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). For more information call the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit www.AppletonMuseum.org.

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