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“The Trout Art Museum - (it really isn't about fish)”

The Trout Museum of Art
Ranked #13 of 32 things to do in Appleton
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: As one of the region's premier spaces for visual arts, The Trout Museum of Art features exhibitions of regional, national and international visual art. The museum presents special events, educational programs, jazz performances and more. Visit our website to view current exhibits and events.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Stairs / lift
Appleton, Wisconsin
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20 reviews
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“The Trout Art Museum - (it really isn't about fish)”
Reviewed 12 January 2014

The Trout Collection was given to the Appleton Art Center in 2010. It had been assembled over forty years over 150 pieces of art representing over 400 years of art history was by Dr. Monroe E. Trout and his wife Sandra (an Appleton native.) Along with the art collection, a $1 million endowment was given to preserve, protect and promote the collection. When the Trouts made their generous donation, the Appleton Art Center became the Trout Museum of Art. This
magnanimous gift brought more depth to what was already a vibrant art community in the area.
For years one of the favorite yearly events has been Art at the Park, a free community event that has occurred the last Sunday of July for the past 53 years. In addition to visiting artists exhibiting and selling artwork amidst the majestic trees of Appleton’s historic City Park, the many thousands of visitors enjoy enhancements in the interior of the park. Superb bands highlighting local musicians, strolling musicians, engaging hands-on children’s art activities including a clay station and face painting, a community mural project, beer and wine gardens and mouthwatering foods, complete with an official spanferkel.
Being great old movie buffs and fans of Katharine Hepburn, my husband and I kept telling each other that we ought to get ourselves down to the Trout Museum of Art and see the exhibit of her costumes on display "Katherine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen." It was supposed to run September 13-December 15, 2013 but luckily it was extended to January 12, 2014. We finally got there one of those awful days when the temperature was -20 with a wind chill of -40. Inside the museum the frigid weather was forgotten as we were taken back to the wonderful days of Miss Hepburn's long and illustrious career. Introduced to the exhibit by watching a narrated film, we then leisurely gazed at each garment and reminisced about the actors, their roles, their personal lives and the era of each film or play.
The museum itself is a treasure and bringing this display to Appleton was another jewel in its crown. I highly recommend the Trout Museum, its exhibits and other activities it sponsors.

Visited January 2014
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Appleton, WI
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“May be small, but has great exhibits adn other activities”
Reviewed 31 July 2013

Katherine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen will be on display from September 13-December 15, 2013. Featured will be the costumes worn by the legendary Katherine Hepburn on stage and screen. Other offerings are Jazz at the Trout--great jazz concerts in an intimate setting at various times during the fall and winter. Each year the Trout partners with Secura for their Fine Arts Exhibition--one of Northeast Wisconsin's top competitive juried fine arts exhibitions. This year it runs from July 31-August 4. From August 16-30 the Trout features an exhibition of works by Northeast Wisconsin artist celebrating the theme "From Farm to Plate." One of the largest Art at the Park occurs the last Sunday of July featuring over 175 artists representing ten different states who showcase and sell paintings, furniture, drawings, sculpture, etc. Local bands, engaging hands-on children's art activities, a community mural, beer & wine garden. This year was the 53rd Annual Art at the Park which is a free community event. Charge for museum.

Visited July 2013
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Appleton, WI
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71 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“More than what meets the eye”
Reviewed 31 January 2013

The Trout is a lovely spot to spend some leisurely time to look at some great art. The windows allow for a sneak peak, but don't let it fool you, there is more, much more inside to feast your eyes on. The ever changing exhibits feature some well known artists and unique exhibits. Upcoming events promise to be memorable experiences. Jazz at the Trout is a great Thursday night destination. Very reasonable membership and entrance fees.

Visited June 2012
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