The printed advertising that was the dominant media for circuses of the 19th and early 20th centuries offers a fascinating glimpse at how American attitudes slowly evolved, becoming increasingly informed and interested in the cultures and experiences of people from around the globe.
Enjoy discounted admission every Thursday 5pm-8pm. Explore the Museum of Art permanent and special exhibition galleries, and the Circus Museum. Please Note: Ca' d'Zan is not open for viewing during Art After 5, except on select dates in November and December.
Support the Ca' d'Zan Preservation Fund by visiting www.givingpartnerchallenge.org beginning at 12 noon on Tuesday, September 1 through 12 noon on Wednesday, September 2 to make your gift. This year, The Patterson Foundation will provide a 1:1 match for each new online donor’s contributions – up to $250 per new donor!
The Ringling is offering free Museum Admission to active Military personnel, including the National Guard and Reserve and their immediate families from Memorial Day, May 25, 2015 through Labor Day, September 7, 2015. Please present your current Military ID at the Admissions counter.
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.
Enjoy free admission to The Ringling and other participating museums throughout the United States.
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.
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.
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!