Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. This year’s theme, American Experience, will be “a spotlight on wonderful arts, culture, sciences, innovation and history exhibits across the country,” according to a Smithsonian news release.
Locally, only the Appleton Museum of Art at the College of Central Florida in Ocala is participating in free Museum Day. The Appleton Opened in 1987 and is home to an extraordinary permanent collection of over 24,000 objects, plus an outdoor sculpture walk and garden, and a wide variety of temporary exhibitions and special events throughout the year.
The building itself is a work of art with clean lines and stately Italian travertine marble, the museum’s architecture is both contemporary and classical. It has won the American Institute of Architects Florida Award for Excellence.
The free tickets are available now by visiting the Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day webpage, selecting the museum of your choice and downloading a ticket which is good for two admissions. Visitors must provide an email address and name.
As we live more and more in a digital world, cultural attractions can end up being at the bottom of the list of fun activities to do. It’s important to instill the significance of history and culture in ours, and our children’s lives.
Visit the Appleton Museum of Art on Free Museum Day, Saturday September 17th and discover this nearby jewel of Central Florida.