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The Ringling

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Address: 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243-2161
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The Ringling is located in Sarasota, Florida and preserves the legacy of...

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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I enjoyed my time at both the art museum and the circus museum. I was too tired to try the mansion tour. The art museum is heavily "old" European oriented with some more modern... read more

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Rocky Point, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I enjoyed my time at both the art museum and the circus museum. I was too tired to try the mansion tour. The art museum is heavily "old" European oriented with some more modern pieces. The was an amazing special exhibit "Pathless Woods" that kept me enthralled. The museum itself is beautiful and huge. Wear comfortable shoes! I'm not a... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Completely average, not worth the price or the time. Information is interesting, but could be found on the internet.... drove 1 hr to get here, disappointed : (

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Entertaining visitors, we decided, after living here for 7+ months, to visit The Ringling. Best decision I've recently made as it (both the Circus and Art museums) was beyond our expectations. The model display in the Circus Museum, once finally understood for its unbelievable complexity was a highlight. The Art Museum comprised two parts; (1) The Ringling-owned art, and (2)... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Absolutely wonderful collection. It describes in detail the history and operation of the circus. The miniature display is fun, educational and absolutely unique. The rest of the museum works well with the display. The Art museum is world class and the Mansion is absolutely worth the extra admission price

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Thank Bertram A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a great place to visit for anyone interested in art, architecture, history, or the circus. Do not miss the Private Places tour in the Cà d'Zan. It is definitely worth the extra admission cost. The art museum is world class.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Visited this Museum 10 years ago and returned for another visit. News about Ringling Barnum & Baily Circus closing its doors, we decided to take another trip down memory lane. The Circus Museum, the gardens and the Art Museum are lovely. We could not get into the Mansion since the lines were terribly long. Will make another trip to visit... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a jewel of a museum. Extraordinary collections; beautiful setting. The new Asian Center is excellent, although it would be nice to have a larger Japanese woodblock collection. Nice gift shop and excellent restaurant. If you plan to eat and if you plan to view the Ringling House, plus the museum, you need more than 3 hours to do... More 

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Pitman, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There is nothing I can add that hasn't already been said. While visiting Sarasota in January, I spent 5 1/2 hours there with a group of ten friends. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute. It far surpassed my expectations.

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Norfolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We toured The Ringling and it ended up being the favorite place we visited during a recent west coast Florida vacation. Plan on staying several hours, if not all day, at this place. There are 3 must-sees here: 1. The mansion of John and Mabel Ringling. Worth the extra fee to get a docent-guided tour of this beautiful and fascinating... More 

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Coral Gables, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Excellent circus museum and the Howard Brothers Circus model is definitely a must see. With general admission you can see the art and circus museums, the grounds and the outside of the old mansion. Try to locate a docent for more details in the museum and catch a free tram from the entrance to the house as the grounds are... More 

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