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The Ringling

Address: 5401 Bay Shore Rd, SARASOTA, Sarasota, FL 34243
Phone Number: +1 941-359-5700
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Ranked #1 of 55 Attractions in Sarasota
Type: Art Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: The Ringling is located in Sarasota, Florida and preserves the legacy of John and Mable Ringling...
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Type: Art Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: The Ringling is located in Sarasota, Florida and preserves the legacy of John and Mable Ringling. It is home to a Museum of Art, the historic Ca' d'Zan Mansion, Bayfront Gardens, an Art Library, the Circus Museums and the Historic Asolo Theater.
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Boston, Massachusetts
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57 reviews 57 reviews
15 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Fine collection of fine art with some very nicely special exhibitions. Two hours covers the fine arts museum. Very interesting and worthy Circus museums - impressive. Nice gardens, estate and house.

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Medford Lakes, NJ
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23 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We arrived on a clear day in January. There is much to see. I suggest the first thing a visitor do even before purchasing the ticket is to take the 5 minutes to see the video which is on the left just after entering the reception area. This helps to plan the day so that nothing is missed that the... More 

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LI
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257 reviews 257 reviews
78 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

While most visitors spend most of their time at the Circus museum or mansion the Art museum is worth a trip by itself. The collection is eclectic in scope, and the building and grounds beautiful by themselves The first galleries showcase beautiful tapestries and baroque art and furnishings Each gallery is a different period with wonderful accompanying text and informational... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

This is truly worth a visit so much to see, this is truly one of finest art museums around. The architecture is beautiful in a beautiful waterfront setting.

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San Mateo, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We arrived about one hour before the museum closed & decided not to pay the admission fee of $25 per person. Instead we strolled through the grounds. We enjoyed the interesting trees with the Spanish moss, the rose garden, the views, and of course the architecture of the various buildings. We had planned to return another day to go into... More 

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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53 reviews 53 reviews
23 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

You have to love the Ringling, Classic circus museum. One of the worlds finest art museums, and the grounds and architecture are amazing. The Ringling's home is on the property as well as the final resting place of the Ringling's themselves. A wonderful way to spend a day!

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Long Island, NY
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6 reviews 6 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Outstanding and different. The circus museums were unique and the art museum was huge and has an extremely impressive collection of European art. You can't see it all in one day.

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Tappahannock, Virginia
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17 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Superb estate on the Gulf of Mexico setting. The best part was the House of John, the Venetian inspired palace on the waterfront which we toured both ground and first floor - worth adding the upper level for $5 extra. Art gallery was beautiful layout and design but unless you are into Renaissance religious works you might be disappointed.

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Gainesville, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Think about the cruelty that circus animals are subjected to before funneling money into this multi-million dollar business. Animal rights are swept under the rug far too often and it's important to remember the lives that have been destroyed by this circus for decades. Unnatural captivity and tricks taught by cruel and unusual means are not something to be celebrated.... More 

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Ontario
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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We had a great visit to The Ringling. Fantastic piece of history and great for the whole family. The grounds are amazing. The miniature circus display is a piece of art the man tales 45 years to put it together. Do your self a favor and don't miss it. Also the house tour is a step back in time to... More 

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