TheInnkeeper On Location – The Ringling

September 25th, 2017 by Mariah

Today I had the absolute pleasure of touring the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in beautiful Sarasota, Florida. The last time I had visited the grounds was on a 6th grade field trip. Needless to say, I was long overdue.

In this post we will be focusing on the actual museum itself, but I also toured the Ca D’Zan which was the Ringling’s private mansion. I felt like that experience was worthy of its own story, so we will be delving into that another time.

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First a little background on the museum. John Ringling frequently traveled to Europe searching for acts for his Circus, and subsequently started a private art collection from pieces he acquired in his travels. This collection would become the foundation for The Ringling, which opened to the public in 1931.

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Unfortunately his wife Mable passed away two years before the Museum opened but no doubt her influence is felt throughout the grounds. She designed much of the original landscaping on the grounds, including her Rose Garden and Secret Garden.

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Upon his death in 1936, John Ringling bequeathed the art museum, its collections, and his home to the people of Florida in hopes of creating in Sarasota a cultural and educational center.

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To learn more about planning your trip to The Ringling visit Ringling.org!