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“Outstanding” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Ringling

The Ringling
5401 Bay Shore Rd, SARASOTA, Sarasota, FL 34243
+1 941-359-5700
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Ranked #1 of 49 Attractions in Sarasota
Type: Art Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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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Lakeland, Florida
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121 reviews 121 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Outstanding”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Went here over the memorial day weekend and had a blast. The miniature circus is absolutely amazing and hard to imagine how someone could do all that. The old circus items are very interesting and the house is like stepping back in time. The art museum is wonderful, and worth spending time seeing the great collection he put together. You will be very pleased with your visit.

Visited May 2013
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palm springs, ca
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“I had no idea”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

The Ringling Museum in Sarasota has the most amazing paintings in the very first recommended exhibit hall. The walls are covered by the largest paintings I have ever seen and in such excellent condition. They are painted by Ruebens and must each be 12 feet tall. The painter did 8 of these in a series, and this museum has 6, an amazing accomplishment in the art world where museums compete energetically for such treasures. The entire estate including Ringling's house and the other exhibits will occupy most your day. There are restaurants on site for lunch. Modays are free. A tram that constantly circles the complex provides transport for those who have tired or have difficulty walking. Well worth the price of admission.

Visited May 2013
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Wellington
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“Nice Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Very fun museum - something for everyone - second time we've been there. A few years ago for the Circus part of the museum. This time for the art gallery & the house of Mabel & John Ringling.

Visited May 2013
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Sarasota, Florida
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“an amazing museum! make sure to take the tour.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

this was an amazing piece of history. and the one hour guided tour was fantastic. this should be on your list of to do's if visiting sarasota area.

we will be going back again several times. too much to see on one visit.

Visited March 2013
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galfromthedale
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“Beautiful grounds, okay collection”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

This museum has beautiful grounds. Walking around the property is quite enjoyable and there are plants galore and they are identified. There are even some trees that have short descriptions of their uses and other pertinent information about the plant.

The art collection is so-so. Mostly Gothic religious paintings and some Renaissance works.

Visited May 2013
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