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The Ringling, Sarasota

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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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  • We arrived with only an hour and a half- not enough! First we entered the Art Museum collection- I was blown away! Large scale Rubens orginals, a highe 13-14th century collection of FLemish, Italian.....  more
    We arrived with only an hour and a half- not enough! First we entered the Art Museum collection- I was blown away! Large scale Rubens orginals, a highe 13-14th century collection of FLemish, Italian.....  more »
  • Well worth the visit. A lot to take in in one trip. The Classical European Art and the Oriental Collections are worthy of considerable reflection. The grounds, indoors and out, are impeccably... 
    Well worth the visit. A lot to take in in one trip. The Classical European Art and the Oriental Collections are worthy of considerable reflection. The grounds, indoors and out, are impeccably...  more »
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  • This was the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey circus museum when I was a little kid. It was funny to see some of the things I remember from the '60s still on display along with a lot of new exhibits. Make sure you buy the all access ticket so that you can enjoy visiting the mansion it has some amazing rooms, ceilings and furnishings inside. I remember the clown that used to come out to warm up the crowd beating a pair of pie pans together and getting each section of the crowd to cheer. A chance to see a world of another time that should not be missed. You must see the greatest show on Earth.
  • We visit here Dec 2021. Interesting stuff. Was there the day before. Monday is free entry for the art and garden. So we take out time. We toke 3 hours then go out for later lunch. Restaurant was not open when we visit. Due to covid and short stuff. I think. Cost $25 for adults and $23 for seniors. Florida college students are free. We find a $2 coupon. You can look for then in the coupon station at your hotel or at the visitor center.

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