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The Ringling

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Address: 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243-2161
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+1 941-359-5700
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The Ringling is located in Sarasota, Florida and preserves the legacy of...

The Ringling is located in Sarasota, Florida and preserves the legacy of John and Mable Ringling. It is home to a Museum of Art, the historic Ca' d'Zan Mansion, Bayfront Gardens, an Art Library, the Circus Museums and the Historic Asolo Theater.

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Great Circus History

The museum is filled with circus history and Ringling family history. The Art Museum was beautiful as well. The grounds were gorgeous. Do not miss this this.

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Somerset, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The museum is filled with circus history and Ringling family history. The Art Museum was beautiful as well. The grounds were gorgeous. Do not miss this this.

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Amelia Island, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was an amazing museum. My husband and I spent the day here and still didn't see everything. The circus museum had miniatures that were beautifully done and filled several rooms. I learned much about the circus after readind the extensive information given. The art museum had several rooms of treasures and also had extensive information on the works displayed.... More 

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Wilmington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped in for a visit and was greeted at the door by Barbara, one of the many friendly staff on site. It can turn into a day long visit or just a stroll of the grounds. A very nice way to spend a sunny day or retreat inside to the many exhibits and art if the weather is not cooperating.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Really enjoyed guided 40 minute tour of the house. Did not seem worth it to purchase additional inside tour. Grounds are lovely. There are little trams to take you around the property, which is also walkable. Circus museum is interesting. Best part is a movie about Ringling family. Bookstore has lots of items. Small cafe had wonderful coffee latte with... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A nice museum building but with below average art. A mish mash of a circus owners idea of art. Most likely purchased to show off back in the 1920s. No rhyme or reason to the collection which results in a quick walk through and exit!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Ringling is not only a Museum, it is an enormous property overlooking the beautiful bay of Sarasota. You find a Museum of Art with amazing pieces, breathtaking gardens with beautiful sculptures, the best Circus Museum with interactive experiences and an intricate showcase of a miniature circus arriving in town, an European Theater carefully maintained and a very nice Museum store,... More 

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Toronto
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Ringling was a really pleasant surprise, with different types of museums and attractions that would be good for families and people who are interested in fine arts, the history of the area, circuses, or see a beautiful Italian-style villa - all on beautifully maintained grounds. Also, pretty convenient to Sarasota and Tampa Bay!

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Charles Town, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Wonderful museum. We learned a lot. Lots to see. Many circus miniatures, great collection of art also. Additional fee to see family home.

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Medina, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Summer Spectacular is amazing! The seats are first come, first serve and I would recommend getting there early to get seats that are close. Purchase your tickets prior to going because the shows sell out. The grounds are spectacular and you can get beautiful pictures by the Mangrove Trees and outside the mansion. The Circus Museum is good for... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Ringling is a nice museum with a variety of permanent exhibits and interesting special exhibits. The Circus exhibits are unique. It is nice to walk the grounds from one building to another and spend some relaxing time while you are there.

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