United States

5401 Bay Shore Road
Phone: 941-359-5700
Fax: 941-359-7704

The John And Mable Ringling Museum Of Art

Located on a 66-acre estate on Sarasota Bay, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art was established in 1927 as the legacy of John Ringling (1866-1936) and his wife, Mable (1875 to 1929). Recognized as the official State Art Museum of Florida, the Museum of Art offers 21 galleries of European paintings as well as Cypriot antiquities, Asian Art, American paintings, and contemporary art. The estate features the spectacular Cà d'Zan ("House of John"), a waterfront mansion that was restored in 2002. The Circus Museum displays costumes, wagons, performance equipment, and other artifacts chronicling the history of the Circus. The estate also features Mable Ringling’s Rose Garden, completed in 1913, and beautifully landscaped grounds overlooking Sarasota Bay.

Permanent Collection

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art was created in 1927 by John and Mable Ringling for the people of Florida. Having made a fortune through the family-owned circus and, later through real estate and railroads ventures, John Ringling amassed an art collection of over 600 paintings, sculptures, and various decorative arts including more than 25 tapestries. Actively collecting for the Museum over the period from 1924 to 1931, Ringling and his wife, Mable, gathered important works by Cranach, Rubens, Poussin, Hals, Van Dyck, Guercino and other major artists who worked primarily from 1500 to about 1750. The Old Master collection, now including approximately 750 paintings, is the most important area of the Museum's holdings. Within it are Italian paintings that are among the rarest and most celebrated in the United States. The Museum's art collection now consists of over 10,000 objects that include a wide variety of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs and decorative arts from ancient through contemporary periods and from throughout the world.

Cà d'Zan, John and Mable Ringling's Venetian Gothic mansion on Sarasota Bay, is one of America's important historic houses. The imposing structure was originally intended to combine certain architectural features drawn from two of Mrs. Ringling's favorite Venetian hotels: the Danieli and the Bauer-Grünwald. Dwight James Baum of New York supervised final plans and the actual construction. The Ringlings moved into the mansion just before the Holidays in 1926. Bricks, terra cotta "T" blocks and poured concrete were the primary construction materials, and terra cotta was the principal decorative material used (exter...+ [ Read all ]


A selection of Asian works from the collections of Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt and Ira and Nancy Koger will be on display during the opening months of the Ulla R. and Arthur F. Searing Wing.

This Wall-Apelt collection features 19th and 20th-century jades, 12th and 13th-century Cambodian stone figures, 18th and 19th-century Southeast Asian bronze sculptures and contemporary Asian art. The Koger Collection spans nearly 5,000 years of Chinese ceramics from the Neolithic period in 2500 B.C.E. to the 19th century and includes exceptional examples of Chinese earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain. A sampling of each collection will be paired to create one intimate look at the Ringling Museum's vast non-western art.

Dr. Wall-Apelt’s collection of Asian Art was part of a generous gift in January 2006 by the noted art collector. It was the largest gift in Museum history and in addition to the collection of works, includes funding for a new curatorial post and the building of an Asian art wing at the Museum, which will be named in Dr. Wall-Apelt’s honor. The new wing, 10,000-square-feet of renovated space and new galleries to be started in 2008, will house the Wall-Apelt collection and the impressive Koger collection of Chinese ceramics, which was acquired by the Museum in 2002.

Assembled by porcelain connoisseurs Ira and Nancy Koger, the Koger collection features beautifully proportioned, elegantly formed utilitarian and decorative pieces. The Koger Collection’s blanc-de-Chine is recognized as the finest collection in the country. This collection dates from prehistoric times to the 19th century – over 5,000 years of Chinese ceramic masterpieces. The collection was a b...+ [ Read all ]

Forthcoming exhibitions

Please visit for upcoming exhibition information.


Adults $15.00
Seniors + and Active US Military $13.00
All Students and Florida Teachers w/ID$5.00
Children under 5 years and Members No Charge

Call (941) 351-1660 for recorded information about events, hours and programs.

Opening hours

7 days a week
10 AM - 5:30 PM

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s days

Estate grounds open until 6 p.m.

Call (941) 351-1660 for recorded information about events, hours and programs.

Getting there

Located off I-75, Exit 213 West on University Parkway to:

Ringling Museum estate
5401 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota Florida 34243

Bus Service:
Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) #99 bus arrives hourly. Manatee County Area Transit (CAT) bus #10 provides service to the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport where a transfer to the SCAT #99 bus is available.


Treviso Restaurant:
Old Italy awaits you at the Ringling’s new restaurant Treviso! – Conveniently located in the new Visitors Pavilion, Treviso! treats diners to fine Italian fare like lobster farfalle and Venetian-style shrimp and polenta.

The elegant restaurant is named for the Italian province in which Asolo is located. Asolo, Italy and the Ringling Museum have a special connection. The Ringling’s 18th-century beloved historic theater, fully restored and opening in the Visitors Pavilion this summer, came to Sarasota from this hillside town.

Treviso! Lunch hours are 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday. Dinner hours are 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (Dinner Nights open continuous 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.) Patrons have the option of dining inside or on a patio overlooking Ringling’s pristine grounds and the new Tibbals Learning Center.

For reservations call: 941-360-7390

Limited parking is available on the south side of the Museum of Art, or across the street from the Museum in the parking lot of the FSU/Asolo Center for the Performing Arts.

Wheelchairs are offered at no charge at the Museum of Art, Circus Museum and Càd'Zan mansion, based on availability.

Cà d'Zan mansion has limited accessibility. To access the mansion, guests must be able to transfer easily from a regular wheelchair to a more narrow wheelchair, which is utilized to accommodate the historic doorways. For those attending a Private Places Tour the guest must be able to ascend and descend several flights of stairs.No electric wheelchairs may be used inside the mansion.

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Museum internal and external photos (8)

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Q: Are baby strollers permitted in the Museum?
A: Baby Strollers monitored by adult are permitted in all venues, but only on the ground floor of the Cà d’Zan mansion.

Q: Is photography permitted in the Museum?
A: The use of photography (cameras, video equipment) is permitted without a flash indoors, and freely outdoors. Tripods are not permitted anywhere in the Museum. For private and/or commercial photo shoots, contact 941.359.5700 x5703.

Q: Is there a coatroom?
A: A coatroom is not available.

Q. Are visitors permitted to sketch the Museum?
A. Pencils, sketchbooks, and notebooks are permitted inside the venues as well as on the grounds. However pens, paints, clay and easels are only permitted on the grounds (not permitted in the Courtyard).

Q: Is there a place to eat in the Museum?
A: Treviso, offering fine Italian fare, is located in the Visitors Pavilion. Call 941-360-7309 for additional information and reservations. The Banyan Café is located on the beautiful grounds of the Ringling Museum and offers a variety of family friendly fare in a cafeteria setting. The Banyan is open 11 AM – 4 PM May through October, 11 AM – 5 PM November through April. Call (941) 359-3183 for additional information.

Q: Is my ticket good for more than one day?
A: Your Museum ticket is good for one day only. Become a member and enjoy the Museum for free all year long.

Q. If I only want to see one venue do I have to pay for all four?
A. Tickets to the Museum include a self guided experience in all four venues. All four venues are “must see” and we recommend you plan to spend an entire day with us. If you would like more flexibil...+ [ Read all ]


Group tours are available for 20 or more people.

Call: (941) 358-3176 (local) or (800) 660-4278 (toll free)

For school and community youth groups contact the Education Specialist at (941) 359-5700, ext. 1 + 3703 or .


For school and community youth groups contact the Education Specialist at (941) 359-5700, ext. 1 + 3703 or .


Support the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art and enjoy the exclusive benefits of membership. Benefits include:

Free Admission to the Art Museum, Museum of the Circus and Ca d'Zan Mansion year ‘round.
Guests Passes
Preview receptions to Major Exhibitions
Discounts in Museum Stores
Discount in Museum Restaurant and Cafes
Discount on Lectures and Workshops
Free admission and discounts at other museums special reciprocal programs
Invitations to special events and galas
Opportunity to participate in Ringling Members Council
Quarterly newsletter

Venue hire

Weddings & Event Venue Rentals
Art Museum Courtyard and Loggia
Dinner and Dancing around the 19th and 20th century replicas of ancient Greek, Roman and Baroque sculptures.
Evening Reception and/or Ceremony: Available 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Access to Art Galleries 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. available for an additional fee, based on staffing availability.
Maximum Capacity - 1,000 guests

Cà d'Zan Terrace
Enjoy your evening with the Ringling mansion to the east and Sarasota Bay to the west.
Reception and/or Ceremony: Available 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday - Thursday; Friday - Sunday 6 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Access to the 1st floor of the mansion 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. available for an additional fee, based on staffing availability.
Maximum capacity - 250 guests

Circus Museum Backyard
Looking for a unique venue inside a Circus Museum? Get creative with your decor!
Meetings or Receptions: Available Monday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 6 p.m to 11 p.m.
Evening hours fee includes access to Circus Galleries.
Maximum capacity - 150 guests

Daytime Wedding Ceremonies Only
Available 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Specific policies apply.
Art Museum Courtyard
Cà d'Zan Terrace
Circus Museum
Tree Trail by the Bay
Underneath the Banyan Trees
Maximum capacity - 100 guests

Mable's Rose Garden
Daytime Ceremony Only - chairs allowed only for elderly or handicapped guests.
Maximum Capacity - 50 guests

All event venues are available 362 days a year; the Museum is closed on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

For Wedding Ceremonies and/or Receptions and Private Photo Shoots, please contact the Museum Events & Rentals Department at 941.359.5700 x...+ [ Read all ]