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Website: www.appletonmuseum.org

Appleton Museum Of Art

The Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala, Florida is one of the South's premier art repositories and education centers. Originally built to display and preserve the collection of Arthur I. Appleton, the museum has expanded to include traveling exhibitions, educational programs, and cultural events.

The Appleton Museum of Art is the focal point of the Appleton Cultural Center, a 44-acre complex which also includes the Ocala Civic Theatre and the Pioneer Garden Club. The museum building is a contemporary interpretation of classical architecture clad in travertine marble. Sitting on 11.3 wooded and landscaped acres, it commands a small rise preceded by a cascading marble reflecting pool and fountain.

Permanent Collection


Most of the African art in the Appleton Museum is from the collection of the late Dr. Victor David DuBois of New York City. After DuBois's untimely death, the core of his collection was purchased by Arthur Appleton. The DuBois Collection is significant because it is so well-documented and because DuBois personally selected and researched each piece when he lived in Africa for an extended time. Many pieces were obtained in the field directly from the people who made and used them. The collection spans most of the cultures of west and central Africa. Some notable examples from the collection are a Mand Bamana stool from Mali, a rare Senufo side-blown trumpet from Upper Volta, and a rare Yoruba Gelede mask from the Republic of Benin.


The Appleton Museum of Art contains a collection that is known for its diversity, and the selection of Asian works is no exception. The museum holds religious and secular works from China, India, Japan, Tibet, and Southeast Asia. Hindu art is depicted by several fine Indian sculptures of the 10th to 12th centuries. Buddhist art is represented by Indian, Tibetan, Thai, and Burmese sculpture and textiles. The Chinese works feature a number of good ceramic pieces. A fascinating area of the Asian collection is devoted to the art of Japan. The museum's Japanese collection includes a variety of netsukes, a cast bronze sculpture of a samurai, examples of export ceramics, and an elegant palanquin.


The second floor of The Appleton Museum of Art is devoted to a significant collection of European paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts. Among the works are examples of nin...+ [ Read all ]



In the Studios of Paris: William Bouguereau & His American Students
February 10 through May 27, 2007
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Adult: $6.00
Senior (age 55+): $4.00
Educator: $4.00
University Student over 18: $4.00
Youth 10-18: $3.00
Youth 9 and under: FREE
Member: FREE
CFCC Student: FREE

Reciprocal Member: FREE
AAA: $4.00
Museum Shop or Coffee Bar Visit Only: FREE

Opening hours

The museum is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM., Sunday from 12 PM to 5:00 PM.
Closed on Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Getting there

4333 NE Silver Springs Blvd.
Ocala, FL 34470-5000

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).

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Group Guided Tour (15 person minimum)
During public hours groups may request a guided tour that highlights the Museum's permanent collection or focuses on a particular theme, gallery, or period. Tours are available in several languages and last approximately one hour. When you call to make a reservation, Museum staff can help you choose or design the most appropriate tour for your group.

Group Tour Admission (15 or more persons)
Adult: $5.00
Senior (55+): $3.00
Educator: $3.00
University Student over 18: $3.00
Youth 10-18 (5th-12th Grade): $2.00
Youth 9 and under (4th Grade and under): Free
Bus Driver for Group: Free
Chaperone (1 per 10 students): Free
Member: Free


The Appleton offers guided tours of special exhibitions, permanent collections and themed topics. The tours are conducted by a trained guide and available in several languages. Guided tours last approximately one hour. The museum collections tour introduces visitors to some of the treasures in the Museum's permanent collection.