Appleton Museum of Art
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, is one of the South’s premier art museums, collections and educational centers. Located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd. (State Road 40), the museum is approximately four miles east of downtown Ocala.
As a vibrant cultural center for Ocala and the region, the Appleton Museum offers outstanding exhibits, lectures, films, workshops, tours, concerts, trips, school-related programs and volunteer opportunities for the community.
Educational programs are developed and scheduled to complement both temporary and long-term exhibitions. The museum’s weekly educational programs include a combination of lectures and presentations by scholars and artists, a film series, hands-on adult and children’s workshops, and docent-led tours.
The museum is a magnificent contemporary travertine marble building. The original two-story edifice was opened to the public in 1987. An additional wing, funded by Edith-Marie Appleton and state matching funds, opened in 1996. The Edith-Marie Appleton Education Wing houses an art library, classrooms, an art workshop and additional exhibition, office and storage space. A 2,662-square-foot Collections Storage Facility was added in 2009, expanding the museum to a total of 81,610 gross square feet.
The Appleton Museum of Art is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. CF students are admitted free during regular museum hours with their CF ID card.