The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

5401 Bay Shore Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34243- Map It
(941) 359-5700

AAA Editor Notes

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is 4 mi. n., just w. of US 41 at 5401 Bay Shore Rd. The fortune John Ringling derived from his circus, vast real estate, oil and railroad investments was well spent on his art museum and 1920s estate. The 66-acre complex, decorated with statues and dotted with banyan trees, offers rose gardens, a children's play area and a view of Sarasota Bay. The museum was built in Italian Renaissance style, with an inner courtyard studded with many renowned sculptures from the Chiurazzi Foundry in Italy, including a bronze cast of Michelangelo's “David.” The art collection includes significant holdings of American, European and non-Western art, with masterpieces from the 17th-century baroque period. Noteworthy is the Peter Paul Rubens collection and the James Turrell Skyspace. The Ulla R. and Arthur F. Searing Wing features a variety of changing exhibits year-round. Ca' d'Zan, The Circus Museum and Tibbals Learning Center are on the museum's grounds (see attraction listings). Guided tours are available. Food is available. Time: Allow 3 hours minimum.
(also includes Ca' d'Zan, The Circus Museum and Tibbals Learning Center) $25; $23 (ages 65+); $10 (active military and Florida teachers with ID); $5 (ages 6-17 and college students with ID). Museum of Art free to all Mon. Advance tickets are recommended. Prices may vary; phone ahead.
Hours: Grounds and gardens open daily 9:30-6. Museum open daily 10-5 (also Thurs. 5-8). Guided museum tours and Ca' d'Zan tours depart daily on the hour 11-4. Guided circus museum tours depart daily on the hour noon-3. Closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Christmas.