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The Ringling

5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243
+1 941-359-5700
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Ranked #1 of 88 attractions in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Pittsburgh
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Fun way to spend a day learning about the circus of the past. The miniature circus is amazing and not to be missed. We attended a free docent led tour in the circus museum that we really enjoyed. Along with circus history, the admission also includes a look at the ringling's beautiful mansion and extensive art galleries. Well worth the... More

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New Jersey
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

A fabulous few hours! The museum includes a circus museum with old carts, Mr. Ringling's private Pullman Car, a human cannon truck, costumes, circus posters and more. There was also a learning center, shops, cafés, beautiful gardens, banyon trees and the gorgeous Ringling Mansion (the view is incredible)! There is also a magnificent art museum with a private collection that... More

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miami
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I've been at this museum a few times. I always recommend it for people. It is beautiful!!! The art gallery and gardens areamazing, and the miniature circus is just so incredible well done.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is a nice art museum, with many European works of the 16th and 17th centuries. But more impressive to me was the grounds. We enjoyed strolling them. For those who don't want to walk a lot, trams are available.

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Troy, Ohio
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109 reviews 109 reviews
27 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Hubby and I came to visit the art museum and grounds on 7/21/14. We were excited to learn more about the ringling brothers and see the art collection. The art is displayed nicely, outside areas were well kept. Buildings were so beautiful! The only negative - the staff! The first staff we had a problem with was handing out maps.... More

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Houston, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

On our first visit 1.5 yrs ago, we had spent a lot of time in the art collection and the mansion, and ended up with not enough time for the circus stuff. This time, we set our priorities right. After all, Ringling was the circus king! He had rather bad advisors for art (lots of great names, but their works... More

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Englewood, Florida
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5 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

If you are in the Sarasota area from now until August 2, 2014, you can entertain the family royally by attending this annual event. The cost is only $15.00 per person and is worth every penny and then some. Vladimir Kim with his spinning cube is amazing, Chris Allison was amusing the children as well as the adults as the... More

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Miami, Florida
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221 reviews 221 reviews
52 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I can't believe that I've lived in Florida my whole life and am only seeing all of this amazing attraction now! The house, gardens, and museums are a must for everyone. The art is beautiful. The generosity of John Ringling should be an inspiration to all of us. The history of the circus with actual artifacts is an amazing way... More

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Newtown, Connecticut
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I had the pleasure of visiting The Ringling Museum complex here in Sarasota for the first and was very surprised at the magnitude of fine art, displayed primarily by century, 15th, 16th, 17th, etc., much of which donated by John Ringling in 1936. The shear numbers of pieces, including some fascinating statuary, was remarkable to witness. The venue holds a... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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143 attraction reviews
212 helpful votes 212 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

After wandering through the 31 galleries filled with art treasures, old masters, contemporary art and exhibitions from around the world, I asked one of the staff members at the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida: "Of all the art exhibits and paintings and masterpieces in the Museum of Art, which is the most valuable of all?... More

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