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College and University Visits

Tailor your students’ visit to your own specifications or let our docents take the lead. Either way, your students will enjoy an unforgettable experience at The Ringling. We offer the following options for college and university groups:

Docent-Led Tours

► Reservations must be made 6 weeks in advance.
► Docent-led Tours are available on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; September - May 
► Tours are free and available for groups of 10+ students

 

Teacher-Guided Visits

► Reservations must be made 2 weeks in advance.
► Visits are available on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; year-round. 
► Tours are free and available for groups of 10+ students.

 

Schedule a Visit

► Submit Your  Visit Request
► Reservations are not final until you receive a confirmation email from the Advance Sales office.
To cancel or make changes to an existing reservation, contact Advance Sales at 941-358-3180

 

What You Need to Know...

Buses must unload and load at the designated “Bus Drop-Off."
► Arrival: Enter through the Gatehouse and proceed to the Welcome Center in the Visitors Pavilion. Upon arrival, the group leader must check-in at Admissions to receive wristbands for the group. In this space, students can check-in and get organized before entering the museum. This is also a good space to wait for students if you are arriving separately. 
► Docent-led Tours: Your docent(s) will meet you in the Visitors Pavilion. Please have your students divided into the requested number of groups.
Teacher-guided Visits: Once your check-in process is complete, you can explore the museum grounds on your own.
► Lunches may be left in the wagons found in the Welcome Center. Outdoor picnic tables are available for your use. Food is also available for purchase at Muse at the Ringling restaurant, the Banyan Café and the Museum Café.
► Backpacks may not be carried through the galleries.
Food, drink, and gum are not allowed in the galleries. 
Only pencils may be used for writing or drawing in the galleries
Photography is allowed, as long as no flash is used. Please do not photograph inside Ca’ d’ Zan or Searing Wing of the Museum of Art, as the special exhibitions on view there have copyright restrictions. 
Questions or concerns during your visit can be directed to any security guard wearing a black jacket.
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