While the styles of clowns have evolved since the circus debuted, the role of the clown as a visual symbol of the circus is still strong. This exhibition examines the use of the clown image in circus advertising from the 1850's to present day.
A classically trained dancer, Margie was performing with the corps de ballet at Radio city Music Hall while the Ringling show was hiring dancers. Margie was selected and found herself rehearsing at Winter Quarters in Sarasota. She went on to have a career as an aerialist with the Wallenda Family.
Mary Jane responded to a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey ad in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune to audition for the circus season. In spite of her youth, she was hired immediately after she impressed the aerial director. Reception to follow.
The Ringling and all of it's venues are closed today. Happy Thanksgiving!
Here's your opportunity to meet William "Bill" Taggart, Circus Historian, who made good on the threat. After graduating from college, Bill Taggart went to work for the Ringling show. Get your tickets in advance for this intriguing, informal, and informative interview sessions.
The Ringlings recognized that they had the ability to increase attendance by including a different kind of spectacle in their traveling shows. These “spec” displays were created on such a grand scale that they frequently rated several different poster designs each season.
Join us to create your own art! This Family Workshop is a drop-in art activity for children ages 4-10 and their caregiver.
Kids Quests are 45-minute sessions facilitated by a museum educator, featuring conversations and a game surrounding one or two featured objects in The Ringling’s collection. There is a $2 cost per child and this fee gives the family access to the featured venue for the rest of the day.
The Ringling and all of it's venues are closed today. Happy Holidays!
Friends of the Ringling Legacy celebrate the history of John and Mable Ringling and their vision for their home, art museum, and the circus that made it all possible. Friends of the Ringling Legacy will have unique opportunities to explore Ca' d'Zan, the Museum of Art, the Circus Museum and the Bayfront Gardens.