The Ringling

Currently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
  • Address: 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243, United States
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-9413595700
  • Ticket Price: 25 USD
  • Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Art And Culture, Museum, Garden, View Point, Educational Site, Palace, Family And Kids, Architecture , Nature

The Ringling - Review

Mable and John Ringling have left behind their legacy to serve and entertain people from all corners of the world through what is now the State of Art Museum of Florida. This museum is divided into various parts boasts of a collection of almost 20,000 displays and exhibits. This includes paintings of different genres, art work, sculptures, prints, photographs and much more to please your eyes with.

Ringling is said to have willed his property and estate completely in the name of the State of Florida before his death in 1936. The beautiful place could still not be opened completely to the public due to various legal issues as the estate was almost completely bankrupt at this time. Later on the state could at last clear all the debts on the name of the estate and thus the doors of the museum were opened to the public.

There is definitely a lot to witness inside this campus such as:

  • Ca d’zan- The English meaning of this is ‘The House of John’ and this was the residence of Mable and John Ringling. The design and architecture is what catches the eye when you see this.
  • The beautiful Rose Garden that is also the burial ground of Mable and John Ringling.
  • Circus Museum and Tibbal’s Learning Centre is where you will come across the history of circus.
  • Last but not the least is The Ringling Art Library that has a name that itself speaks about its content. This is where you will witness the best art pieces of the whole estate.

The Ringling Information

  • Photography is a strict no-no inside the museum.
  • You are expected to maintain discipline and silence in here.
  • Students availing a discount are to show their proper ID documents.
  • The main pieces on display are the European contemporary paintings especially the collection of Peter Paul Rubens.
  • The place is popularly known as the Mable and John’s Ringling Art Museum.

The Ringling Ticket Prices

  • Senior citizens $23; Students above 18yrs $5; Children above 6yrs $5; Children up to 5yrs have free entry.

The Ringling Opening and Closing Hours

  • The gates of the Ca d’Zan close an hour early.

How To reach The Ringling by Public Transport

  • The nearest airport is the Bradenton Airport.

Restaurants Near The Ringling

  • Marina Jack
  • Columbia Restaurant
  • Dry Dock Waterfront Grill
  • Owen’s Fish Camp
  • Daiquiri Deck

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  • The Ringling Address: 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243, United States
  • The Ringling Contact Number: +1-9413595700
  • The Ringling Timing: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • The Ringling Price: 25 USD
  • Best time to visit The Ringling(preferred time): 11:00 am - 02:00 pm
  • Time required to visit The Ringling: 04:00 Hrs
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  • 95% of people who visit Sarasota include The Ringling in their plan

  • 75.81% of people start their The Ringling visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 4 Hrs to see The Ringling

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The Ringling, Sarasota Reviews

  • There are not enough words to describe how amazing this place is. The art museum rivals many of the ones I've visited in Europe. The Big Top museum is great for nostalgia. It takes me right back to being a kid. The Muse restaurant is a great place for a meal or a cocktail of glass of wine at the bar. The grounds are expansive and the rose garden is second to none.

  • Who needs a passport when you grow up with a palace posing as a world-class art museum in your own backyard? Imagine coming here as a kid in the 1960's and absorbing centuries of history, beauty and craftsmanship in one visit. You could tour the whole museum without reading a word and still walk away with an education. I honestly believe there are colors and pigments in this building that you won't find anywhere else. The architecture and interior design alone are worth a visit. While very old world European on the surface, you can still find an early Florida pine stenciled wood ceiling near entrance on north side. Which will be your favorite color? The blue Madonna or the green gown of a Greek goddess? The fiery orange and purple of a table heavy with fruits and vegetables? The espresso black background that makes these colors stand out so well? These and so much more are waiting for you to explore and learn. Please take a child to share this experience with you. The Ringling has taken great efforts to make this a family outing. There are even stroller tours for little ones. The grounds includes a cafe and playground for a full day of activity. Don't forget the free admission Mondays.

  • If you have never been to an art museum, and you were dropped onto earth from outer space, this would be truly a memory that you would take back to your planet! This museum is so beautiful it defies words. From the architecture of the structure itself, to the palatial grounds, to the many, many beautiful sculptures. You will enjoy the most amazing display of art from history's most revered international, classic artists. This is a MUST stop if you are in Sarasota. I am amazed at how many people do NOT know of this most precious gem representing the culture of this beautiful city. Do NOT mistake the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art as a circus entity. The grounds are totally separate from the other main attractions at this location: those being a tour of the John and Mabel Ringling Mansion (another MUST visit if you have time), and the Ringling Brothers Circus Museum. I am dumbfound as to how many people have visited the beautiful city of Sarasota and have NO clue that this most beautiful attraction exist. So, I hope that my review will convince you to go treat yourself and visit this most amazing attraction! You will have an experience that you will never forget!!!!!!!!

  • Interesting piece of history. Lots to see inside the museum. Scale models were one of my favorites seeing the circus from start to finish in set up. Many costumes and props on display throughout the venue. Beautiful gardens and a playground for kids. You cannot have food or drink in the museum and you do have to walk outside from building to building. Hydrate before you go because it does get very hot in summer. Also, there is a beautiful historic art museum to visit as well. Be aware with historic art your children will see educational art statues and pictures. As my son yelled "there are butt cracks everywhere" as we walked through the museum. It is a great place and would take them again butt cracks and all.

  • The front desk staff at the members desk weren’t the most friendly bunch of ladies but we got the job done. I purchased the reciprocal membership again . I am giving the place five stars based on the facilities themselves and disregarding my interactions with the member desk. We love to visit the train museum, the clown museum and art museum. They are all fantastic. Kids really like the clown museum. I like the art museum as they have fantastic works to see. My favorite is always touring the cadazan which is the main house on the water that the Ringling s lived in. The private places tour is the best to see the 36000 sq ft house. The grounds are excellent to walk and the playground was perfect for my son.

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