Ringling Museum

Ringling Museum

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Rare and Exquisite Art Pieces at John and Mable Ringling Museum

The world-renowned John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art display thousands of rare and exquisite art pieces. The Ringling is very much the centerpiece of Sarasota's artistic cultural heritage. John Ringling (1866-1936) gained wealth through success with the Ringling Brothers Circus and other investments. Ringling and his wife, Mable, purchased 20 acres of waterfront property in Sarasota in 1911. They fell in love with Sarasota and hoped it would become a leading cultural community. They frequently traveled to Europe, acquiring quite a collection of fine art pieces. Ringling bequeathed the entire collection and estate to the people of Florida. 

 

Established in 1927, the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is now the state art museum of Florida. Today, the Museum features more than 10,000 art items from ancient through contemporary eras and from around the globe. Among the artists whose works are represented are Thomas Gainsborough, Peter Paul Rubens, and German Renaissance master Cranach the Elder. 

The original Ringling mansion and the Historic Asolo Theater have both been restored and upgraded. Since 2009, the Museum has also hosted the annual Ringling International Arts Festival in the first week of October. The Festival features musicals and dramatic performances and film screenings as well as workshops and tours of the Museum and the Ringling estate. The Ringling International Arts Festival is the perfect event to highlight Sarasota's most historic and culturally important attraction. The Ringling Museum of Art, the nation's 16th-largest museum, is a key source of Sarasota's great civic pride.

 


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The Ringling Museum of Art is family-friendly, handicapped-accessible, and there's always free parking. Companion guide animals are welcome. For details call 941-359-6700 or visit http://www.ringling.org/. The Ringling Museum of Art is a key reason Sarasota is Florida's leading cultural community. 


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