The Appleton through the eyes of an outsider

See how much the Appleton changed after covid


Lauren Gillyard, Former Editor-in-chief

On October 15, 2020, the Appleton Museum finally open their doors again for the public and I had then privilege to see what has changed since reopening.

Since opening, the museum has received a deep cleaning and the exhibits were all updated to help promote social distancing.

The Appleton’s safety policies are the general policies for most locations. They require you to wear a mask, to not enter if you feel ill, practice social distancing, and so much more.

Outside of the museum is a sign for a mask requirement with a link on it for more information. The link is that directs you to: (

With the mask requirement, all staff members and guests five and over are required to have a mask covering both their mouth and nose. Although if a guest is unable to wear a mask due to a medical condition, then they can speak to a Visitor Service representative at the admissions desk.

During your visit, you will notice many social distancing signs on the ground. They’re placed everywhere.

The museum has given access to hand-sanitizing stations located all around the museum and have provided markers for social distancing.

The Appleton is monitoring visitor occupancy. Along with that, the Artspace and classrooms remain closed.

When entering, each guest is greeted by the employees at the front desk and are given a map of the museum. Guests can view all the museum’s galleries and are allowed to take pictures of the art without flash.

The museum was a quiet and peaceful place to visit that can give many guests a one-of-a-kind experience with the art collection.

The Appleton may not be holding any in-person events currently, but they’ve been involved with many events over zoom, along with some that are collaborations with CF’s Student Life team.

The museum is open on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum’s store is opened on the same days as the rest of the museum.

Some of the museum’s current exhibits that guest can view are the Artistic Legacy: The story of Arthur I. Appleton, Luminous Worlds: by Kristen Herzog, highlights from the equine collection, and Alison Saar: works from the permanent collection.

For updates on the museum’s collections or events, you can try checking them out of Twitter, @AppletonMuseum, where they post just about every day.