• The Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida houses one of the finest collections of art in Florida. It features paintings and sculptures by European, American and Asian Old Masters, including Rubens, van Dyck, Gainsborough, and more. The Ringling’s grounds and gardens are also treated and cherished as works of art. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com.
  • The Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida houses one of the finest collections of art in Florida. It features paintings and sculptures by European, American and Asian Old Masters, including Rubens, van Dyck, Gainsborough, and more. The Ringling’s grounds and gardens are also treated and cherished as works of art. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com.
  • The Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida houses one of the finest collections of art in Florida. It features paintings and sculptures by European, American and Asian Old Masters, including Rubens, van Dyck, Gainsborough, and more. The Ringling’s grounds and gardens are also treated and cherished as works of art. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com.
  • The Ringling Circus Museum Sarasota, Florida. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com.
  • Miniature circus model at the Ringling Circus Museum Sarasota, Florida. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com.
  • Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s 12 monumental bronze sculptures, Circle of Animals:Zodiac Heads The Ringling Sarasota, Florida. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com
  • The Ringling Ca d'Zan historic waterfront mansion and museum in Sarasota, Florida. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com. Photo by Nita Ettinger
  • Bolger Playspace kids playground at The Ringling Sarasota, Florida. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com.

The Ringling in Sarasota

The Ringling Museum

Sarasota is less than a two-hour drive from the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel. Art enthusiasts will want to make the drive north to experience The Ringling, which is home to one of the finest collections of art in the entire state of Florida. The beautiful Ringling estate also features spectacular gardens, a circus museum, and waterfront mansion.

The Ringling Museum of Art was built by John Ringling to house his personal collection of masterpieces, the museum features paintings and sculptures by European, American, and Asian Old Masters, including Rubens, van Dyck, Gainsborough, and more. Read The Ringling Museum’s featured blog article – click here

The Ringling’s grounds and gardens are also treated and cherished as works of art.

Audio Guides are available for the Ringling Museum of Art and Ca’ d’Zan so be sure to bring your smartphone and headphones or earbuds.

Ringling Ca’ d’Zan

The Ringling Ca’ d’Zan mansion was home to John and Mable Ringling. The 36,000-square-foot mansion reflects the splendor and romance of Italy. The five-story structure features 56 rooms and 15 bathrooms.

Admission to Ringling Ca’ d’Zan is separate and is not included with general Ringling admission. Self-guided tours are offered daily. Docent-led and private tours are offered seasonally.

Admission to The Ringling Museum of Art and grounds are always FREE on Mondays!

Kid-Friendly Activities at The Ringling

Bolger Playspace is a playground with slides, a three-story playhouse, climbing ladders, swings, and a water park where children can control the flow of water! This children’s playspace is located near the Banyan Restaurant and the Circus Museum. Take a kid-friendly themed itinerary of family fun ways to explore The Ringling Museum complex.

The Bolger Playspace, the 66-acre Ringling grounds, and Bayfront Gardens are free on Mondays, , any other time grounds admission is $5.00. All visitors must enter through the Visitor’s Pavilion.

Tours of the Bayfront Gardens are offered seasonally and must be purchased 24-hours in advance. Call The Ringling for reservations and additional information.

The Ringling Circus Museum Exhibits and Memorabilia

Sarasota has been known as the “Circus Capital of the World” since the 1920s when John Ringling made it the winter quarters of his famous Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The Ringling Circus Museum and Tibbals Learning Center offer visitors a snapshot of circus history, with lavish costumes, clown and performing arts memorabilia, and the intricately painted and carved wagons of the world’s largest miniature circus, The Howard Bros. Circus Model.

Kids love to explore the Circus Museum with Patch the Parrot. Pick up a Patch the Parrot Activity Guide in the Visitors Pavilion. This self-guided scavenger hunt is a family-friendly activity that introduces visitors to some of the Ringling Circus Museum’s most exciting circus treasures. Thirty-minute docent-led tours of the Circus Museum are offered daily at Noon and 1 p.m. Special family activities are offered on Saturdays. Tours of The Ringling Circus Museum require admission.

Check our Events calendar for special events at The Ringling Museum of Art, The Ringling Circus Museum, and Ca d’Zan mansion.

The Ringling Museum is a proud participant of the Blue Star Museums program, which offers free admission to active-duty military personnel, including National Guard and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. See the complete list of Blue Star Museums here.

COVID-19 UPDATES: Masks are required inside all Ringling venues. There are only self-guided tours of The Ringling Ca d’Zan being offered and very limited in-person events at this time. The Ringling offers a robust virtual calendar of education and entertainment events, visit their website for information.