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The Ringling

Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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Like stepping back in time

What an amazing place to visit. Circus memorabilia, an art museum full of rennaissance artwork to... read more

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Interesting museum, gorgeous home!

Fascinating history of Mabel and John’s home, life and business adventures. Their personal home is... read more

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Prospect, KY
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The Ringling is located in Sarasota, Florida and preserves the legacy of John and Mable Ringling. It is home to the State Art Museum of Florida, the historic Ca' d'Zan Mansion, Bayfront Gardens, the Art Library, two Circus Museums, and the Historic...more
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5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243-2161
+1 941-359-5700
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Reviewed today via mobile

What an amazing place to visit. Circus memorabilia, an art museum full of rennaissance artwork to the Ca d’zan an absolutely stunning and extravagant home built in the twenties. Stunning views of the bay and 100 year old banyan trees. Truly breathtaking and worth seeing

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed today via mobile

Fascinating history of Mabel and John’s home, life and business adventures. Their personal home is a beautiful piece of history on the bay. The history of the circus is just an amazing story of the times, people and events. The logistics was fascinating. Probably the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank foodie2Prospect_KY
Reviewed today

This is my fifth trip there and I never tire of it. I can see the circus reproduction over and over again. Their art museum is a gem of wonderful masters besides the new Asian wing and traveling exhibits. Don't miss it.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank bakfar
Reviewed 2 days ago

There are two circus museums dedicated to the history of the circus in general and the Ringling circus in particular. If you were fascinated by the circus as a kid as I was, these are wonderful museums. The highlight is a huge miniature model of...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Ken M
Reviewed 2 days ago

Arrived 11:00 am. Waited only 10 minutes to purchase tickets. All 8 lanes were very busy. The art museum is wonderful and spacious. Took advantage of and followed several tours. I highly recommend them. All docents were very helpful and knowledgeable. I would return again.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 80tasha
Reviewed 2 days ago

We feel like we were robbed. We arrived around 12:50 and the line for entry was quite long. Since this was our first visit we didn't know much about the property or how much time we needed. So, we asked TWO different volunteers that were...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Julie S
Reviewed 3 days ago

First, if you plan to go before about 2pm, call them a day before and buy tickets in advance. You have to call at least a day ahead .... Not on the day of your visit ... And you cannot buy tickets on line. If...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Tom M
Reviewed 3 days ago

We actually live within walking distance to the Ringling Museum. The Museum is free on Mondays and the grounds are always free to walk. If you have the time, this is a "must see" in Sarasota.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Tom I
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Ringling museum, art gallery, and home take almost an entire day to visit and appreciate. We only managed two of the attractions: the museum and gallery. For me, the museum's most appealing feature was the amazingly beautiful and detailed miniature circus display. Hundreds of...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank David T
Reviewed 3 days ago

It’s like touring the mansions in Newport RI except here you have the great history of the circus in the museums and a beautiful art museum. The grounds are very beautiful, very well cared for. Even little ones will enjoy the miniature circus display, the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Dennis R
5 January 2019|
Response from Anne S | Reviewed this property |
Senior 65+:$23 Adult: $25 Child 6-17: $5 You can find more at The Ringling
Rickie D
29 December 2018|
Response from JimTim306 | Reviewed this property |
They are not allowed, and they aren’t very nice about it either. There are acres of property, yet can’t bring your leashes do? They need to get with the times. All of Florida is dog friendly EXCEPT Ringling. Ironic as the... More
16 December 2018|
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Response from 639ChristineR | Reviewed this property |
I am sorry but I don't know. Call their Museum.