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The Ringling

5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243
+1 941-359-5700
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Very nice afternoon

It was enjoyable to see the history of the circus including how it was marketed and the impact on... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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2 Circus Museums, Fine Art Museum & Venetian Palazzo plus gardens in one place

Wow. My 2nd visit and I was as impressed as the 1st time. The exhibit of original circus wagons... read more

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The Ringling is located in Sarasota, Florida and preserves the legacy of John and Mable Ringling. It is home to the State Art Museum of Florida, the historic Ca' d'Zan Mansion, Bayfront Gardens, an Art Library, the Circus Museums and the Historic Asolo Theater. The grounds and gardens are free to visit, and the Museum of Art offers free admission on Mondays.
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  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243
+1 941-359-5700
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It was enjoyable to see the history of the circus including how it was marketed and the impact on the towns that were visited. Overall the exhibits were very professionally put together and the staff provided some helpful guidance. The miniature exhibit can’t be missed....More

Thank 2berries
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Wow. My 2nd visit and I was as impressed as the 1st time. The exhibit of original circus wagons, John Ringling's train car and scale model circus were spectacular. The cost of admission also includes the art museum & the grounds & gardens. Plan on...More

Thank jeant831
Reviewed yesterday

This is an oasis of calm in a busy city. The tour is a must very informative, ending the visit with refreshments on The Piazza to enjoy the beautiful view

Thank Wendy M
Reviewed 2 days ago

Expensive entrance fees. Lots to see. Will need a full day or more to do it justice. I've been here before so I asked which pieces were recent additions to the art museum so that I could focus on those. It was close to the...More

Thank JWGrum
Reviewed 4 days ago

I come here every chance I get. The circus museum is awesome and requires a day just to enjoy both buildings. The gardens are expansive, relaxing, beautiful & meticulously kept. The art museum was an interesting surprise. The house sits on the waterfront & has...More

Thank ItIsSunny
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We visited the Ringling based on the great TripAdvisor reviews and were very impressed. It's a very unusual museum featuring circus history as well as art. The gardens are also amazing. The staff were very friendly. The cafe was nice too. We visited on a...More

Thank R_and_K_G
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Not worth the visit. Disappointing. Tour guides for the most part rude. Paid for 2 floors and only shown half of second floor. Rip off.

Thank Kathy S
Reviewed 6 days ago

There is much to see here, including the Circus Museum, the Museum of Art and the Ca’ d’Zan, plus the grounds and gardens. This is a major attraction that deserves a full day, with stops for refreshment as necessary. When John and Mabel Ringling built...More

Thank Ian C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took a day trip and drove to Sarasota to visit the Ringling Circus Museum. There was much memorabilia from the Circus and many of its famous performers. The miniature diorama of the complete Circus was of great interest and very well done. I would...More

Thank Charles P
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited The Ringling during our recent trip to Sarasota. It was a big disappointment. It is not a complete history of the circus. It only goes to the 70s and is not factual. I wouldn't waste your money!!!

Thank HowieWPB
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Eunice R
1 June 2017|
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Response from enerald | Reviewed this property |
There is a fee to enter the grounds. You can get a single day pass or a multi day pass
17 April 2017|
Response from Sheila E | Reviewed this property |
It all depends on what kind of museum goer you are. Some people will breeze right through it. Others will spends lots of time reading every detail. I think a good estimate would be about 30-45 minutes.
13 April 2017|
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Response from TheRingling | Property representative |
Unfortunately we cannot allow pets. Thank you for your question!