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. Arrange your visit to The Ringling and discover more family-friendly attractions in Sarasota using our Sarasota trip generator.
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  • August 14, 2017
    My wife and I were taking a short vacation with the first stop being Sarasota. The town is synonymous with Ringling, so, of course we went to the museum. Since I am not a circus fan, we just went to t...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    We've driven by so many times in the past 15 years we finally stopped for a visit on our way home to Orlando. We spent time in two of the museums - the miniature circus is amazing. Walked a little aro...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    We spent several hours touring the vast complex. The welcoming center was wonderful and a chance to ask all questions, but there are staff easily accessible throughout the complex. We visited the two ...  more »
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  • June 29, 2017
    Great art musuem featuring baroque and european renaissance art

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