OCALA, Fla. (March 4, 2021) —The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, announces an additional community program this March with the Community Heroes Free Admission Program.


Through 2021, the state of Florida’s first responders, health care professionals, and educators can enjoy free admission to the Appleton Museum of Art as a “thank you” for their leadership, lifesaving work and heartfelt dedication to keeping our communities safe.


Effective immediately, the following professions are encouraged and welcome to visit the Appleton for free by showing their official work ID to be part of the Appleton’s Community Heroes Free Admission Program: law enforcement, firefighter, EMT, 911 operators, as well as health care, hospital and hospice professionals, and K-12, college and university instructors.


“Our community heroes on a daily basis share their will to be strong and courageous with everyone, even though one may not know their names,” said Dr. Jim Henningsen, CF president. “We call them heroes since we harvest the fruits of their sacrifice and work.”


Appleton Director Jason Steuber says, “Since 1987, the Appleton has been a community partner. Honoring our Florida and Marion County heroes is part of our everyday lives.” Appleton Assistant Director Victoria Billig adds, “Working with CF President Henningsen and our Advisory Council, the Appleton continues to be a leader among museums in Florida to offer year-round free admission to these heroes.”


Other free-admission categories at the Appleton include veterans and active-duty military; CF faculty, staff and students; children 5 and under; and Appleton members. Those with reciprocal memberships from other museums through Southeastern Museums Conference and North American Reciprocal Membership programs also receive free entry to the Appleton.


A campus of the College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR 40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). Parking is free. For more information, call 352-291-4455 or visit


Contact CF Director, Marketing, Public and Community Relations, Lois Brauckmuller at 352-854-2322, ext. 1374, [email protected] or Marketing and Public Relations Manager Tina Banner at 352-854-2322, ext. 1565, [email protected]. The Ocala Campus is located at 3001 S.W. College Road, Ocala, Fla. 34474-4415, 352-873-5800. The Citrus Campus is located at 3800 S. Lecanto Highway, Lecanto, Fla. 34461-9026, 352-746-6721. The Levy Campus is located at 15390 N.W. Highway 19, Chiefland, Fla. 32626, 352-493-9533. The Hampton Center is located at 1501 W. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, Fla. 34475-6456, 352-873-5881 and the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, Fla. 34470-5001, 352-291-4455. For additional information, visit College of Central Florida at