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The Ringling, Sarasota

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Florida's official state art museum, The Ringling includes over 20 galleries filled with European, Asian, and American paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and photographs. Among the 10,000 objects housed here, you can see a world-renowned collection of paintings by Rubens, Velazquez, Veronese, Bernini, Poussin, and Gainsborough. The campus also includes a circus museum, which boasts a huge collection of handbills, posters, costumes, props, parade wagons, and other equipment. The adjacent learning center houses a scale replica of a 1930s circus, claiming status as the largest miniature circus in the world. End your visit with a cup of coffee or tea at the museum cafe, or sit down for a gourmet meal at the on-site restaurant. Put The Ringling into our Sarasota trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Sarasota.
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  • The Ringling Brother Circus museum was way more than we had expected, if as a child you had the opportunity to visit a Ringling Circus, you need to make time to visit this museum, there's a huge... 
    The Ringling Brother Circus museum was way more than we had expected, if as a child you had the opportunity to visit a Ringling Circus, you need to make time to visit this museum, there's a huge...  more »
  • Even if you have little interest of the history of the circus what you encounter here is amazing. You need to be prepared to walk as it is quite some way from the car park to ticketing but it’s... 
    Even if you have little interest of the history of the circus what you encounter here is amazing. You need to be prepared to walk as it is quite some way from the car park to ticketing but it’s...  more »
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  • This was the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey circus museum when I was a little kid. It was funny to see some of the things I remember from the '60s still on display along with a lot of new exhibits. Make sure you buy the all access ticket so that you can enjoy visiting the mansion it has some amazing rooms, ceilings and furnishings inside. I remember the clown that used to come out to warm up the crowd beating a pair of pie pans together and getting each section of the crowd to cheer. A chance to see a world of another time that should not be missed. You must see the greatest show on Earth.
  • An underrated museum about the Ringling brothers circus that covers a variety of eras. A great place for families in the Tampa area to come over. One can spends an hour or more in the main exhibit areas and even loner for the other sections of the museum. Perfect for the young and the young at heart.

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