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The Ringling

5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243-2161
+1 941-359-5700
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Interesting Historic Circus Museum

Take a walk around the gardens and into the main museum buildings. See circus memorabilia and items... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Naples, Florida
Rainy Day Mondays Don't Have To Get You Down...

It was our anniversary and we woke to a rainy Monday. Instead of the beach we decided to go... read more

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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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  • Very good17%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243-2161
+1 941-359-5700
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Reviewed yesterday

Take a walk around the gardens and into the main museum buildings. See circus memorabilia and items of historical importance. Good for the whole family.

Thank Artist5150
Reviewed yesterday

It was our anniversary and we woke to a rainy Monday. Instead of the beach we decided to go someplace indoors and wanted to find a special place. We decided on The Ringling museum. We found out that the main museum is free on Mondays....More

Thank JennandC
Reviewed 2 days ago

Everything about this place is great. We loved the well kept grounds, the museums and the personal tours!

Thank RickATX
Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited both the newer museum with the miniature circus and the original, older museum that was the next building down the path. My 15 year old grandson thought that the miniature circus was "the coolest thing he has ever seen". He took many videos...More

1  Thank Ronda D
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The John and Mable Ringling Museum was the Ringlings' elaborate winter estate. It has more variety than most museums, because it comprised of a large art museum, extensive grounds with a formal rose garden, two circus museums, a spectacular mansion on Sarasota bay, a formal...More

Thank Davidallan54
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a top museum destination to visit. The Ringling Mansion is beautiful inside & out. The gardens are breath taking, especially the rose garden. If you are in the area this is a must stop to visit & explore the 60 acres of gardens!

Thank MissFoodie2013
Reviewed 4 days ago

Visited to see Bello performance since circus no longer touring. My son loved everything about the museums and especially the performance. We spent a total of 6 hours touring all the exhibits. Very informative and fun. I recommend it to everyone!

Thank MMA48080
Reviewed 4 days ago

We visited the Ringling Museum on a free Monday. My husband and I visited while on vacation in the area. Upon arrival we learned the free admission only lets you onto the grounds, around the mansion and into the art museum. We decided we would...More

Thank b_noring
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Wow; what a phenomenal collection of art. This free Monday feature was a special treat we enjoyed today including works from all over the world. The grounds and this museum are expansive so bring your stamina if you will walk it. The collection was impressive,...More

Thank Glenn M
Reviewed 6 days ago

Ringling collected excellent 15-20th European artwork that are well displayed in rooms, including loans from museums under renovations. Michaelango’s David sculpture and many smaller sculptures were in the courtyard. Wei Wei’s Chinese Zodiac sculptures and the rose garden completed our time. There was more to...More

Thank ArtisticBeth
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Eunice R
I know there's a fee to tour the INSIDE of Ca d'Zan. Is there an admission fee to tour the OUTSIDE of the mansion?
1 June 2017|
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Response from enerald | Reviewed this property |
There is a fee to enter the grounds. You can get a single day pass or a multi day pass
How long does it take to tour the circus museum?
17 April 2017|
Response from Sheila E | Reviewed this property |
It all depends on what kind of museum goer you are. Some people will breeze right through it. Others will spends lots of time reading every detail. I think a good estimate would be about 30-45 minutes.
Are pets allowed?
13 April 2017|
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Response from TheRingling | Property representative |
Unfortunately we cannot allow pets. Thank you for your question!