The Ringling, Sarasota

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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  • This is a must do in Sarasota. Lots of circus history here. Great collection of memorabilia. Well worth the admission fee.  more »
  • Pleasantly surprised at how interested it was. Lovely grounds to walk round and miniature circus every detailed and interesting. Certainly not boring.  more »
  • The miniatures at the circus museum were just incredible. So much to see and not enough time or energy. After 4 1/2 hours at the circus museum and mansion, we were pooped. Great experience although a ...  more »
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