Guided School Tours
Based in the Museum of Art, our docent-guided tours explore The Ringling’s art collection. Based on your students’ age and interests, you are asked to select one of our themed tours. The Ringling’s educators and docents have developed these school tours using select works of art from the permanent collection to support your curriculum. Teaching resources are available for each tour. The Museum appreciates your flexibility and strives to create the best possible visitor experience.
Availability of Guided Tours
- Tours are available Tuesday thru Friday, August thru May
- Reservations must be made 6 weeks prior to your visit
- Tour Times: 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30
- Free admission for groups of 10 or more
- Chaperones are required for every 10 Students
- The first floor of Ca' d'Zan is open for self-guided visits at: 10:00am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm
About Our Guided Tours
- You may select from 4 different tours
- Tours consist of 5-6 works of art in 45-60 minutes. Late arrival may affect the number of works covered.
- We will adapt tour content to offer the best possible experience for your students.
- Your docent will contact you approximately 1 week before your tour.
- Your Docent will give you more specific details about your tour.
- Not all works of art in the collection may be on view at the time of your visit.
- Occasionally, due to time constraints and special events we made need to make logistical changes.
Schedule Your Tour
- You may schedule your school tour by submitting the School Tour Reservation Form
- Due to special events, there may be some days that school tours will not be available.
- If you have any questions about your reservation contact Advanced Sales at 941-358-3180
- If you need to cancel, are arriving late, or have changes to your group size contact Advanced Sales at 941-358-3180.
Select Your Tour
Meet John and Mable, The Ringling Collection: Suitable for All Grade Levels
This tour is designed to introduce the circus king, John Ringling, and his wife, Mable. Students will learn about the legacy of this impressive entrepreneur and the couple's passion for the arts. Students will explore the ideas and stories behind a selection of key works and gain an understanding of John Ringling's role in national and regional history.
Animal Safari: Suitable for Grades K-5
Take a "scholarly safari"! Search for amazing animals in the works of art at the Museum. Regal lions, prancing horses, devoted dogs, and curious cats are just some of the creatures on display. Learn about the importance of animals in art and decide on a favorite!
Creative Colors: Suitable for Grades 6-8
Color has always been one of the most important elements in the artist's tool box. Using works in the galleries, students will see how artists use color to set a mood, define a character, or carry symbolic meaning. Students will have the opportunity to develop new vocabulary and practice visual thinking strategies.
Myths and Legends: Suitable for Grades 9-12
Explore some of the ancient world's most important myths and legends. Students will learn about the lives and loves of heroes, gods, and goddesses that are illustrated in paintings and sculptures throughout the Museum.
School Tour Resources
Pre-Visit Information. To make the most of your visit please familiarize yourself these tips.
School Tour Guidelines
School Tour Guidelines: Ensure that your visit to The Ringling is a success.
Chaperone Guidelines. Help your helpers create an enjoyable experience for all.
Bus Driver Information
Bus Driver information. Directions, unloading, parking information and more.
John & Mable Tour Worksheet 1
Meet John & Mable Tour Worksheet 1- "Learning to See" describes the 4 steps to dissecting a painting.
John & Mable Tour Worksheet 2
Meet John & Mable Tour Worksheet 2- Provides exercises to participate in the steps of dissecting a painting.
Creative Colors Tour
Creative Colors Tour Worksheet - "In Living Color" students will identify the expressive ways color is used in art.
Myths and Legends Worksheet
Myths & Legends Tour Worksheet - writing exercises allow students to express their understanding of the artwork viewed.