The Ringling, Sarasota

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  • 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
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About The Ringling, Sarasota

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, Sarasota Reviews

  • Great day-trip that incorporates something for all the family. Beautiful setting, gardens and museums. The Ringling Circus Museum is a must see for anyone who has had the pleasure to see the circus live. The circus history is fascinating and with many artifacts of the circus on site. Miniature circus - all handmade - is wonderful. If in the area I would recommend a day at The Ringling.

  • Mondays are free at the Ringling and we decided to take advantage and visit while passing through, and we are so hay we did. The museum is wonderful, the pieces breathtaking, the grounds are gorgeous, the trees on the property are natural art of utter beauty and the rose garden was superb. Truly awe inspiring, the two main galleries as well as the sculpted pieces outside did not disappoint. We will surely be back for more. A wonderful day of beauty and art. Highly recommended!

  • Free Mondays, a great chance to see the beautiful museum building and the fine art collected there, in particular Italian which was the Ringling interest & inspiration. There is a traveling current art display in back and a few pieces from Northern Asia. More spectacular is the inner courtyard of the museum and the grounds around including a recreation of Mable's rose garden. There is a dedicated play-space for children which is dangerous for the under 5 crowd. It's clever and different and planned with more of the 7 year old in mind. You can pay anytime to go see the Circus Museum or the Ca' d'Zan estate house but I wouldn't recommend that for a first trip or if you're limited on time, do that anytime other than free Monday, because you'll still have to pay to enter.

  • I have been to the museum several times, both with my children and later with my granddaughter and each time was wonderful. Easy to find, plenty of parking, and Monday is free to grounds and art museum. Other items advocate charge. Grounds are beautiful, including extensions rose garden, beautiful water views, restaurants, gift shop, play area for children, wonderful photo opts. One of my favorite places and always happy memories to be captured by all.

  • Do your research before you go, pricing and event times can be very complicated. Also allow yourself enough time to get around, it's a large property and the exhibits are spread out. We went on a Wednesday, which closes ABRUPTLY at 5:00, we were ushered out. Only made it through a basic tour of the mansion and the diorama. Very limited for a $45 ticket. Worth seeing the grounds and history, try not to get lost in the touristy manager of the place.

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