Depicting Décolletage: The Pink Ribbon Tour
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and The Ringling is celebrating women with this self-guided tour in the Museum of Art. Our hope is that public support will encourage research, leading to prevention, treatment, and one day a cure for all forms of cancer.
Throughout history, artists have offered us many different depictions of breasts: nurturing breasts, seductive breasts, demure breasts, and even breasts bared in rebellion. Follow this self-guided tour through The Ringling Museum of Art and discover the significance of the breast throughout the centuries.
Ca' d'Zan Tours
Private Places Tour – Special Ca’ d’Zan Experience
Peek inside the life and lifestyle of the one of the world’s richest men: the game room where Broadway producer Flo Zeigfeld, New York Mayor Jimmy Walker and the Circus King may have played poker together. The fourth floor bedroom where Will Rogers always insisted on sleeping and the Belvedere Tower that still provides Sarasota’s most spectacular view. This 45-minute tour takes you to the mansion’s private places and our docents regale you with the stories behind them. Museum Admission is not required to enjoy this tour. Tickets are $20/$10 for Ringling Members.
Guided Tour of Ca’ d’Zan
Experience Ca’ d’Zan as if you were a guest of the Ringlings. Here, every nook and cranny tells a story and our informed and entertaining docents share them as they lead you through the first and second floors of John and Mable’s beloved home. Tours are approximately 35 minutes long and scheduled throughout the day. Tickets are $5, free for Ringling Members. Museum Admission required.
Self-Guided Tour of Ca’ d’Zan
Wander through the mansion’s first floor. This tour is included with Museum Admission.
Bayfront Gardens Tour - Available November 21, 2014 - April 25, 2015
Join us for a tour of the “living collections” of the grounds and gardens. This walking tour will introduce you to some of the key botanical specimens on the estate while providing a historic overview of the development of the property. This is a great way to learn about the local flora.
The tour is 90 minutes in length and covers approximately 1 mile. Some of the tour is “off the beaten path” so we strongly suggest comfortable footwear and clothing. Visitors are welcome to bring their own water but it will be available for purchase.
Tours may be canceled due to inclement weather. Refunds or a rain check will be available. Tickets are $20/$10 for Ringling Members.
Museum of Art Tours
Permanent Collection Tour
Gain new insights into extraordinary works of art and their times. Discover how Ringling developed the collection. And learn about his vision to create a center for the arts in Sarasota. Well-versed and always ready to engage, our docents lead this 45-minute tour throughout the day. This tour is included with Museum Admission. To participate, meet in the Museum lobby.
Self-Guided Tour of the Museum of Art
Wander and wonder through the galleries at your own pace. Signage is informative and insightful, adding to your appreciation of the work in each of the 31 individual galleries. This tour is included with Museum Admission.
Circus Museum Tours
Guided Tour of the Circus Museum
Remember the excitement of visiting the circus for the first time? Our docents recreate that experience when they introduce you to the history and magic of life under the big top. 35-minutes of pure joy, the tour is scheduled throughout the day and is included with Museum Admission. Participants meet at the Original Circus Museum.
Self-Guided Tour of the Circus Museum
Run away to the Circus for the day. See the unbelievable Howard Bros. Circus Model. Study the famous faces in the Feld’s Greatest Show on Earth poster. Experience the interactive galleries in the Tibbals Learning Center. Delight in the Museum’s collection of memorabilia. This tour is included with Museum Admission.
Explore your special interest with an informed and entertaining docent on a private tour. Private tours are available for the Museum of Art, Ca' d'Zan and the Circus Museum. Arrangements for private tours must be made 2 weeks in advance and prices begin at $100. Call 941-358-3180 to schedule your private tour.
School or Community Group K-20
Make it the class trip your students never forget. Guided and Self-guided tours are available for school groups K-20.
Your group visit will be enriched with the addition of a scheduled tour. Tours are available in the Museum of Art, Circus Museum and Ca' d'Zan. Groups of 10 or more should schedule tours in advance to ensure availability.