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“Ringling Museum, Sarasota, FL”
Review of The Ringling

The Ringling
Ranked #1 of 144 things to do in Sarasota
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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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed March 11, 2013

This is one of the most beautiful museums we have ever been to. It is huge; you can easily spend a whole afternoon here. The gift shop is adorable. The staff everywhere was very nice, knowledgeable and hospitable. The paintings they have are incredible; I fell in love with some many of them. They also have a miniature city of the Ringling circus that my husband loved.
Outside there is a beautiful veranda type of setting where you can see the ocean and sit for a while. Their gardens were enchanting with section of lovely roses and huge trees. You must come and see for yourself. Highly recommend to all!
I don't know what was more beautiful that outside or inside!

Thank Yvonne A
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

What a beautiful spot! the museum and the grounds are gorgeous.This is a "must see" while visiting Sarasota.

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Reviewed March 10, 2013

My wife and I visited the Ringling Museum on a chilly Friday in late February. We had decided beforehand that we would concentrate our time to the Circus Museum, since we had visited multiple art museums while in Paris last September and wanted to try something different. We were fascinated with the scope of this museum, particularly the huge display of miniatures on the first floor. We had visited the Bayeux Tapestry last fall and were stunned with the length of the tapestry (75 yards or so), but this circus layout must've been 3 to 4 times the size of the tapestry and was just as impressive, although substantially different from the ancient tapestry. We enjoyed seeing the various circus costumes, the rail cars which housed the Ringling family, and the many displays of artifacts from the circus. We spent additional time in the gardens, the Art Museum and the House of John, but to be honest, the Circus Museum created most of the memories which we will have of our visit to this wonderful estate. Well worth the price of admission!

Thank CodgersontheMove
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

The Ringling Circus Museum, the Ringling's home and the Art Museum is FANTASTIC! The miniature circus is awesome, we had to see it twice to absorb it all. I've never been a circus fan, but this place totally gave me a new respect for the circus and its people. The Ringling home Ca' d'Zan on Sarasota Bay is utterly fabulous and I would have paid to see this alone. Could have easily gone back if we'd had more time.

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Reviewed March 10, 2013 via mobile

We really needed two days to see everything. The learning center was so much fun for our whole group, ages 1 - 65. The gardens were so beautiful we were told the roses would be in full bloom later in March - early April. We did not get to see the inside of the house, but the outside was stunning. We will definitely be visiting again when are in the area!

Thank Sharris21
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