Ringling Museum

Ringling Museum complex 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota FL 34243


Sarasota is situated on the Gulf Coast, south of Tampa Bay and north of Fort Myers. It is referred to as Florida’s cultural centre, with Jon Ringling being one of the many influential people attracted to the area in the early 1900s.

The Ringling Museum Centre belonged to one of the owners of the successful Ringling Brothers Circus, which used to tour USA in the 1890s. He built one of the first causeways to the barrier islands and made this a winter base for his circus.
John Ringling of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus, and his wife Mable purchased 20 acres of waterfront property in Sarasota in 1911 and build a winter home, later know as the Ca d’Zan. They began to amass a significant art
collection and built the Museum of Art to house these items.

At the time of his death in 1936, John Ringling bequeathed his art collection, mansion and estate to the people of the State of Florida. Between 1946 and 1990 the properties became neglected. In 2000, ownership was transferred to Florida State
University who restored all the buildings and built four addition building by 2007. Today you can visit the Museum of Art, Ca d’Zan, Circus Museum, exhibitions and bay front gardens.

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