The Appleton Museum of Art
4333 East Silver Springs Boulevard
Ocala, FL 34470
The Appleton Museum of Art will for the first time ever exhibit treasured artifacts discovered in Florida from one of Spain’s earliest Royal expeditions to the New World. This never before seen collection of rare 16th century artifacts includes beautiful Murano glass fabricated in Italy during the early 1500s as well as the largest cache of medieval coins found in the American mainland so far. The collection contains very rare King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella related coins and Spanish armor items recovered on an excavation led by Dr. Ashley White, a Trustee of the Archaeological Institute of America. These lost archaeological treasures are from Conquistador Hernando de Soto’s famous 1539 expedition to the New World. The exhibition will be held in correlation with Florida’s 500th Anniversary Celebration which commemorates Florida’s rich heritage and diverse cultural history through 2013.