The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
The Ringling, the State Art Museum of Florida, is home to one of the preeminent art and cultural collections in Sarasota, FL. Spend a day or two exploring the 66 acre estate of John and Mable Ringling which also includes the Circus Museum, Ca’ d’Zan, The Historic Asolo Theater, Bayfront Gardens and more.
Museum of Art: From the Rubens’ Galleries to the Turrell Skyspace, view the permanent collection’s treasures, the fascinating exhibitions from around the world and the classical sculptures that fill the grand courtyard.
Circus Museum:Thrill to it all: the parade wagons, the posters, the glittering costumes, the Ringling’s fully-restored private railcar and the cannon that shot daring performers through the air. Wonder at the must-be-seen-to-be-believed 44,000-piece Howard Bros. Circus Model celebrating the entertainment that has delighted America for generations.
Ca’d’Zan: The home of the circus entrepreneur and his wife, Ca’ d’Zan stands as a testament to the American Dream of the Roaring Twenties. Designed in the Venetian Gothic style, this dazzling palatial mansion perfectly captures the splendor and romance of the Italy the Ringlings so loved.
Bayfront Gardens: As awe-inspiring as any work of art, The Ringling Bayfront Gardens are a living treasure. Courting couples statuary watch over Mable’s Rose Garden. The shade the majestic Banyan trees provide. The delight inspired by the whimsy of the Dwarf Garden and more.
Historic Asolo Theater: Sarasota‘s most storied theater. U-shaped, with three tiers of boxes, this architectural gem provides a rare sense of intimacy between audience and performer that adds so much to the theater going experience.
Art after 5 – Enjoy Discounted Admission – Thursdays 5-8pm. Explore the Museum of Art permanent and special exhibition galleries, and the Circus Museum. Art After 5 admission includes select events and programs. Whether it is a Gallery Walk and Talk, Ringling by the Bay, or a self-guided tour, there is something for everyone.