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The Ringling

5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243-2161
+1 941-359-5700
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EXCELLENT ART COLLECTION!!

Wonderful experience! Visit the museum every Monday which is free! Every time I see something... read more

Reviewed today
Anit526
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Buffalo, New York
Excellent!

Free on mondays. We took advantage and checked it out. Glad we did. Grounds were breathtaking. Rose... read more

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James M
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Miami Beach, Florida
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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, an Art Library, the Circus Museums and the Historic Asolo Theater. The grounds and gardens are free to visit, and the Museum of Art offers free admission on Mondays.
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  • Average2%
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  • Terrible1%
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“miniature circus” (556 reviews)
“art museum” (1,549 reviews)
“rose garden” (439 reviews)
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5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243-2161
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Reviewed today

Wonderful experience! Visit the museum every Monday which is free! Every time I see something different.

Thank Anit526
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Reviewed today via mobile

Free on mondays. We took advantage and checked it out. Glad we did. Grounds were breathtaking. Rose garden was my favorite. Butterfly garden had been recently updated. The statues were so unique and detailed.

Thank James M
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Reviewed today

It took us two Mondays to see the Ringling museum there is so much history and a lot you can see for free every Monday the art work is fantastic worth going to visit for sure, inside the buildings and out. A must see!!!

Thank Constance Z
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Mr. Ringling compiled quite a collection of art, as was the fashion, in his time. Rubens, complete rooms...and free on mondays. A beautiful courtyard whose focal point is a statue of David.

Thank Janet R
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What a terrific property. Only saw half as it’s 66 acres. Never knew so much history in the circus. Very well thought out and maintained.

Thank Jessica C
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Reviewed yesterday

The Ringling is actually composed of several different venues: the regular museum, the circus museum (two buildings), and Ca d’Zan, the winter home of John and Mabel Ringling; as well as a museum shop, a restaurant and cafe. All are worth your time. To me,...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Went on world circus day on a fluke when admission to the Circus museum and Tibbals learning center was free. The Tibbals learning center houses the Howard Bros Circus model which is 3/4 inch scale of Ringling Circus from 19th century and is billed as...More

Thank Ben Z
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Since moving to Bradenton in late 2015, my wife and I decided to become members of The Ringling. Whenever we have visitors from The UK we always include The Ringling on their itinerary. There really is so much to do and to see from the...More

Thank James D
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Totally enjoyed the Ringling collection or paintings and art work. Grounds were fabulous and tour guides were very informative. Great way to spend the day.

Thank Graber30
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Spent some time in Sarasota and so decided to visit this museum. The Tibbals Learning Centre houses a miniature replica of the Ringling Brothers Circus. No words here could do this exhibit justice. Howard Tibbals has spent over 55 years of his life putting this...More

Thank Carol R
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DavidsWife1994
8 April 2018|
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Response from Barbara D | Reviewed this property |
There is a playground near the garden for children. The circus museum will be fun for little ones with colorful costumes and a replica of the museum showing circus parades. There are some hands on activities children can... More
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Tim M
16 February 2018|
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Response from Norine C | Reviewed this property |
Can take non flash photos in the circus museums and art museum. No photography inside the ca’ d’zan mansion. You can take exterior pics of the mansion
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Cardi1
7 February 2018|
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Response from TravelinDebs | Reviewed this property |
There is only one entrance for the whole Ringling Complex. There is a large visitors’ center. The Circus Museum mostly consists of the transportation vehicles and a movie about the Ringlings. The Art Museum is amazing and... More
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