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The Ringling

5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243
+1 941-359-5700
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Ranked #1 of 85 attractions in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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. It is home to a Museum of Art, the historic Ca'... more » 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. « less
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Longboat Key, FL
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

For locals, or visitors, this museum is worth a special trip. Fantastic art, ambiance, easy to park. Different. Do not miss this special museum.

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The Ringling Museum (along with the Ca d'zan) is a must see in Sarasota. Grounds and the gardens are great to photograph. Staff is very friendly and informative. Their art collection is phenomenal. The view over the water is spectacular.

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University Park, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We live in Sarasota, and are spoiled having access to a great museum that constantly offers new exhibits appealing to every taste imaginable. The collection of art accumulated by the Ringlings is staggering by any standard. A must see for visitors.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Love this museum. Ringling did so much for our area. Sarasota is the home of Circus, with many performers calling Sarasota home. Several hours of strolling thru the property.

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St Pete Beach FL
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15 reviews 15 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

You might expect that this museum is all about the circus. The circus is only a small part of the estate of John & Mable Ringling. The home and grounds will enthrall you with its majesty of design, but also the exquisite variety of art. Plan to spend 4 hours to see it all.

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Sarasota
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Several gems inside the grounds. A world class art museum with changing exhibits. Take a docent led tour of the Ringling mansion - don't wander this on your own. The circus museum has unreal displays of circus memorabilia and a massive miniature model. There is so much here that you truly might want to do over a couple days. Plan... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful place, grounds and museum. We attended a wedding here last weekend and it is perfect and relaxing.

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Very beautiful grounds, art museum & incredible estate. Don't recommend it for young children though--too much they could get into & the art is not geared toward kids. They often have concerts outside on the grounds at sunset & these are usually awesome. Typically have some of the best local musicians. The waterfront view of the stage from the Ringling... More

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las vegas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I have lived in Chicago and Boston and the Ringling art museum rivals both cities. John Ringling's collection of Rubens and other major European painters is housed in a stunning setting that feels like an Italian villa. Docents are available for tours of the art museum (highly recommended) at various hours during the day. The other museums on this site... More

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Sarasota, Florida, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This museum is the collection of Mable and John Ringling, and the collection reflects a broad, occasionally over the top, taste in art, purchased at a time when there was a lot available if you had the resources. John Ringling, "The Circus King" accumulated (school of) Rubans paintings, selections from the early Renaissance, a Rosa Bonheur to die for, a... More

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