FSU Ringling Center for the Cultural Arts
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is the state's official art museum. It's filled with more than 500 years of European and American works, including one of the world's most important collections of grand 17th-century baroque paintings as well as collections of decorative arts and traveling exhibits. The Ca' d'Zan Mansion is the Ringlings' magnificent, 32-room Venetian-Gothic mansion on beautiful Sarasota Bay. The Ringling Museum of the Circus is devoted to circus memorabilia, including parade wagons, calliopes, costumes and colorful posters. The grounds also include a classical courtyard, a rose garden, a museum shop, and the historic Asolo Theater, a 19th-century Italian court playhouse, which the Ringlings moved here in the 1950s.
On weekdays, the center offers guided tours of the art museum, house and circus museum from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM. While you're waiting for the next tour, explore the gardens or have lunch at the Banyan Cafe.
5401 Bay Shore Rd
941 359 5700