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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.

Admission
(also includes The Circus Museum and Tibbals Learning Center) $25; $23 (ages 65+); $15 (active military with ID and to all Thurs. 5-8); $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. A multiday pass also is available.
Hours
Grounds and gardens open daily 9:30-6. Museum open daily 10-5 (also Thurs. 5-8). Guided museum tours depart daily on the hour 11-4. Guided circus museum tours depart daily at noon and 1. Closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Allow 3 hours minimum.
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