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The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
If you're looking for something special to do in Sarasota, Florida a visit to The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is a great choice. This 66 acre landmark property is the crown jewel of Sarasota's cultural community. In fact, most believe Sarasota would not enjoy its reputation as the cultural center of Florida if John and Mable Ringling had not decided to build their beautiful winter home at this pristine location in 1926.
Blessed with entrepreneurial genius, John Ringling (1866-1936) and his brothers produced The Greatest Show on Earth. Together with his wife Mable (1875-1929) John created the beautiful estate that has now become a Florida treasure. From the Venetian Gothic mansion completed in 1926 to the wide-ranging art collection to the Circus Museum and beautiful grounds there is something here for folks of all ages and interests.
Be sure to check out the six video clips below as well as the links to photos so you can get a sample of the beauty that awaits you and your family.
Special thanks to Lynn Hobeck and Chrissy Kruger Gruendyke for showing us around!
General Museum Information:
5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243
Phone: 941.359.5700 website: http://www.ringling.org
Hours: Open daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day
Driving Directions: Located at 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, Florida, directly west of the U.S. 41 and University Parkway intersection. From I-75 (exit 213) travel approximately 7 miles west on University Parkway.
Parking: Free at the adjacent FSU Center for the Performing Arts
Getting Around the Estate: Trams provide easy access throughout the 66-acre Ringling estate. Tram stops are located on west side of the Visitors Pavilion and at each venue.
Click Here for a photo slide show (flash player required).
Click Here for the same photos in a set.
Ringling Museum Video Clips
(Note: High-speed Internet and flash player required)
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