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The Ringling

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Address: 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243-2161
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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 art collection

This museum is a must in Florida. It holds the private collection which belonged to Mr and Mrs Ringling. The collections has works from mayor European masters among others. Also... read more

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This museum is a must in Florida. It holds the private collection which belonged to Mr and Mrs Ringling. The collections has works from mayor European masters among others. Also in the property there's a circus museum and you can tour what it was their private residence model after a venetian palace.

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Onsted, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

4 hours filled with fun, learning and memories. Not big fine art fans so we went quickly through museum. Gardens are lovely and Howard Tibell display is amazing.

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Genoa, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,244 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We planned to spend three hours here; it wasn't enough! Most of the recent reviews concentrate on the wonderful circus museums, but my main interest was the fine art museum which is included in the price of general admission, but on the day I was there, ignored! With that said, on the day before- Monday the Docent said the Fine... More 

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Exton, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Definitely worth seeing if you're in Sarasota, but not worth a trip just for this destination. It's a Sarasota landmark.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

dream to attend. So see the history of the Ringling circus. Witness the setup of the circus during the railroad days. Walk the grounds of Ringling's home: Ca' d'Zan. Or take a docent or self-guided tour of the Venetian Gothic home. And pop into the art museum and witness the history of the circus in pictures. Relaxing.

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Howell, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We spent almost a half day here visiting the historical museum of how the Circus began in the 1800's. Great detail, video clips and pieces of history on display. A must see if you are interested in history.

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Nokomis, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

So you're visiting Sarasota and the surrounding area or you're within an hour or two of this location, then stop here if it's on a Monday. There's no admission and you'll get a free tour of the Art Section which is massive and seen in several buildings. The grounds are fabulous and there's a free tram golf cart type vehicle... More 

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Bend, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Highly recommend spending time here. Tour of mansion is worth the extra money. We only had 3 hours and it wasn't long enough.

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Selbyville, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very interesting place--museums, a large house that is like a castle, circus memorabilia, etc, etc This place is amazing. Allow ample time to roam around the grounds and see the house on the grounds which was the home of JOhn and Mable Ringling. That is a great story.

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South Florida, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The name "Ringling" is world famous and conjures up memories of going to the circus as a child . . . this is/was the home of John and Mabel Ringling and their home and museum is now a "must-see" for any tourists visiting Sarasota . . . the museum itself is incredible . . . there are dozens of authentic... More 

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