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Dear Friends,

The Ringling is committed to doing our part to safeguard the health and well-being of our visitors, staff, and volunteers. We share a responsibility with all institutions and members of our community to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and have made the difficult decision to temporarily close The Ringling and all of its venues effective March 17, 2020. Currently, all performances, programs and events are canceled through May 31. We will monitor the situation and announce when we will reopen at a future date.

We have carefully considered this decision, and it is in line with other arts and cultural institutions across the country and our region. The Ringling estate serves as a place of education, inspiration, and respite for our visitors. We are saddened that we will not be able to provide that to our community at this challenging time. Still, we invite you to follow our social media channels, where we will continue to share the beauty of our collections and any updates as they become available.

We thank you for your continued support of The Ringling and look forward to welcoming you back as soon as possible.

 COVID-19 Updates


Museum Admission

Museum Admission includes entry to the Museum of Art and Circus Museum. This Admission does not include entry to the Ca’ d’Zan. When available, docent-led tours of the Museum of Art and Circus Museum are included with Museum Admission. 

Prices: Adult $25 | Senior (65+) $23 Child (6-17) $5Child 5 and under are Free | Members are Free

Discounted Museum Admissions require a current ID and must be purchased in person:  Active US Military $15  | Florida Teacher $10 | College Student $5 | FSU, USF, SCF, NCF, and RCAD students are free | Visitors with a SNAP, WIC, or EBT card receive free Museum Admission for up to 4 guests. The SNAP/WIC/EBT card and a state issued ID must be presented.

Museum of Art Tours: Guided tours of the Museum of Art are offered throughout the day, Tuesday through Sunday. Tours are included with Museum Admission and are contingent upon availability. Gain insights into extraordinary works of art and their times. Discover how John 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 40-minute tour throughout the day. Meet in the Museum lobby to participate.  

Circus Museum Tours: Circus Museum tours are currently offered every Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday at 12 pm and 1 pm, based upon docent availability. Circus Museum tours are included with museum admission, no tickets are required. Meet in the lobby of the Original Circus Museum to participate. Beginning May 2 Circus Museum tours will be offered on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays at 12 pm and 1 pm, based upon docent availability. 

Museum Admission + Explore the 1st Floor of Ca' d'Zan

Includes entry to the Museum of Art, the Circus Museum and a self-guided walk-through of the first floor of Ca’d’Zan. 

Price: Museum Admission + $10 | Members are Free

Museum Admission + Mable’s Tour of Ca' d'Zan

Includes entry to the Museum of Art, the Circus Museum and a docent-led tour of the first and second floors of Ca’d’Zan, the Ringling's winter home. Tours are approximately 40 minutes long and scheduled throughout the day. Access► Visitors must be able to climb stairs and stand for the duration of the tour.

Price: Museum Admission + $20 | Members are Free

John's Tour of Ca' d'Zan

This docent-led tour will lead you throughout areas of the mansion that are not included on Mables Tour. Highlights include the game room, the fourth floor bedroom, and the Belvedere Tower. This tour is approximately 45 minutes.This tour does not include Museum Admission. AccessJohn's tour includes of over 85 steps. Visitors must be able to climb stairs and stand for the duration of the tour. Access to the Belvedere Tower is contingent upon weather and tower maintenance projects.

Please note: the Belvedere Tower will be closed January 13, 2020 through January 24, 2020 and will not be included in the tour.

Price: $30 | Members $10 

John's Tour + Mable's Tour of Ca' d'Zan

Enjoy the full Ca’ d’Zan experience! This tour package consists of two docent-led tours, including the John's Tour and the Mable's Tour. AccessVisitors must be able to climb stairs and stand for the duration of both tours. Access the Belvedere Tower is contingent upon weather and tower maintenance. 

Tickets for this Ca’d’Zan tour package may only be purchased by calling 941-358-3180 or on-site.

Price: $40 | Members $10 

Art After 5 Admission - Thursdays 5:00-8:00 PM

Art after 5 Admission includes entrance to the Museum of Art and Circus Museum. 

Price: Adult $15 | Child (6-17) $5 |  Members are Free

Bayfront Gardens Tour 

Bayfront Garden Tours are currently on hiatus and will return in the Fall.

This walking tour will introduce you to interesting botanical specimens on the estate while providing a historic overview of the development of the estate. The Ringling Arboretum has been accredited at Level II through ArbNet and there are over 2350 trees within the arboretum representing native, exotic, historical, and culturally significant trees.  

Garden Tours are offered on Mondays at 1:00-2:30 PM.  The tour is 90 minutes in length and covers approximately 1 mile. We encourage visitors to bring bottled water, and wear appropriate footwear, preferably closed-toe, sunblock, and hats. Tours are subject to weather conditions.  

Museums for All

Visitors with a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) or other EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) card receive free Museum Admission for up to 4 guests. Simply show your SNAP/WIC/EBT card and a state issued ID at the Admissions counter upon your arrival. Please note: Ca' d'Zan Admission is not included.

Free Mondays

Every Monday the Museum of Art, including special exhibition galleries are free to the public. Regular admission pricing applies if you wish to visit the Circus Museum or Ca’d’Zan.

3-Day Pass

If you wish to extend your visit, a 3-Day Pass may be purchased in advance or you may upgrade your single-day admission at the Admissions counter prior to closing. 3-Day Passes are valid for three consecutive days of Museum admission, which includes the Museum of Art and Circus Museum. Please note that Ca' d'Zan is not included and passes are non-transferrable.

Price : Adult $35 | Child (6-17) $10 

Reciprocal Museum Membership Program

Members of the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Association or Museum Alliance Reciprocal Program (MARP), Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums (ROAM)  or Southern Reciprocal Membership Program (SERM) who present their membership card indicating their affiliation, are entitled to:

► Per named cardholder- complimentary Admission to the Museum of Art and Circus Museum.
► 15% discount in the Museum restaurants and 10% discount in the Museum Stores.
Note: Admission to Ca’ d’Zan, programs and special events are not included.  

Blue Star Museums

The Ringling offers free Museum Admission to active Military personnel, including the National Guard and Reserve and their immediate families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Please present your current Military ID at the Admissions counter.