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John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Courtyard

Aerial view of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Courtyard

Photo credit: By Mableringling (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is the state art museum of Florida. It was established in 1927 as the legacy of Mable and John Ringling. The museum's art collection currently consists of more than 10,000 objects that include a variety of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs, and decorative arts from ancient through contemporary periods and from around the world. Aside from the art museum, the estate also contains the Ringling's mansion, Ca' d'Zan, Mable Ringling's rose garden, the Circus Museum and Tibbals Learning Center, the historic Asolo Theater, the Ringling Art Library, the Secret Garden, gravesite of John and Mable Ringling and the FSU Center for the Performing Arts.

The Circus Museum, established in 1948, is the first museum of its kind to document the history of the circus. The museum has a collection of handbills, posters and art prints, circus paper, business records, wardrobe, performing props, circus equipment, and parade wagons. The adjacent Tibbals Learning Center contains the Howard Bros. Circus model. Built by Howard Tibbals, this ¾-inch-to-the-foot scale model display is inspired by the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus from 1919–1938, and is billed as the "world's largest miniature circus.

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