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The Ringling, Sarasota

Must see · Art Museum · History Museum
Florida's official state art museum, The Ringling includes over 20 galleries filled with European, Asian, and American paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and photographs. Among the 10,000 objects housed here, you can see a world-renowned collection of paintings by Rubens, Velazquez, Veronese, Bernini, Poussin, and Gainsborough. The campus also includes a circus museum, which boasts a huge collection of handbills, posters, costumes, props, parade wagons, and other equipment. The adjacent learning center houses a scale replica of a 1930s circus, claiming status as the largest miniature circus in the world. End your visit with a cup of coffee or tea at the museum cafe, or sit down for a gourmet meal at the on-site restaurant. Put The Ringling into our Sarasota trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Sarasota.
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  • My adult daughter and I visited the Circus Museum. There is lots to see even with portions closed due to the pandemic. I had hoped to catch a quick bite at the little cafe but it was closed. It...  more »
  • Please know before purchasing tickets that the exhibits which would interest kids are largely closed. It is not clear in the Ringling website, and they charge the same amount for admission. It was....  more »
  • The grounds are a nice relaxing place for a stroll. We didn't tour the museum. The cost for walking the grounds is a reasonable $5  more »
  • It is an incredibly cool place however there were a few things that bugged me about the management of the museum. Before I get into I still HIGHLY RECOMMEND anyone to go here for a great experience. First off half of the museum was closed and we were not told this when buying our tickets to see the museum. Secondly when you see the Howard Circus replica it was all hand done by one man who still works there to this day working on that miniature circus because he loves to but despite him asking numerous times the management of the museum still refuses to let him put a plaque in the circus stating that there have been over 7000 hours of work put into creating this amazing miniature circus. Overall is highly recommend this place but from some parts of my experience their management could do a better job.
  • I am a really big fan of the rose garden, but the art is ok. And I really do love the art, but I’m here all the time and it feels like most of the artwork is similar; all high in value in market. Sometimes, art can be valuable even if it’s not valuable in the market. I wish they would bring in more unique art. Also, the workers there are really rude and they scare me.
  • My grandpa (now passed) took me here when I was younger and I loved it. Years later I want to take my daughter to this museum (and house) to see the wonders of yesteryear. The circus had always been wonderful and magical (I will acknowledge it has a dark side) but still, great to see in person. I will also say I am a big fan of "The Greatest Showman" and the trip my grandpa took me on was one of the main reasons I wanted to see the movie. It's one of my favorites of all time.
  • Loved the amazing diorama of a circus "city" during their prime. Details and enormity of the endeavor made me appreciate all that was involved.
  • Never knew this museum was even here. But it was one of the nicest places I've been to in Florida. It may even started a budding romantic relationship, great times!! Check it out!!!

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