Docent-Led School Tours
We are not currently taking new requests for Docent-led School Tours or Specialty School Tours. Self-Guided School Tours are still available. Learn about Self-guided Tour options
Museum of Art Tours
Watch students engage with works of art as a trained musuem guide facilitates their exploration of The Ringling's art collection. A variety of themes are available for docent-led tours, each of them focused on careful looking and discussion. While the high volume of school tour requests prevents us from offering custom guided tours in the Museum of Art, we gladly work with educators to adapt our tour themes to suit students' needs and interests.Tour Availability►Tours are available Tuesday through Friday, August through May.►Reservations must be made 6 weeks prior to your visit.►Tour Times: 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30. Tour FAQ's
►Tours are offered to groups of 10 or more.
►Two chaperones are required for every 10 students.►You may select from 4 different tour themes (descriptions below).►Tours last between 45 and 60 minutes and cover 4-6 works of art.►Museum staff will contact you prior to your tour to review logistical details and content.►Special events or time constraints may occasionally cause changes to standard tour plans. Tour Themes
►Meet The Ringling (For All Grade Levels)
This tour introduces students to The Ringling and its influential founders, John and Mable Ringling. Students will learn about the legacy of this impressive local couple and explore the art collection that they brought to Sarasota. Your docent will guide students in analyzing the ideas and stories behind a selection of key works, thereby sharpening their skills of observation and interpretation.
►Animal Safari (For Grades K-5)
Take a scholarly safari! During this tour, students search for amazing animals in works of art. Regal lions, prancing horses, devoted dogs and curious cats are just some of the creatures on display. Learn about the roles that animals play in our lives and in art, and compare the different ways that artists have depicted our furry, scaly, and feathery friends.
►Creative Colors: (For Grades 6-8)
Color has always been one of the most important elements in the artist's tool box. By examining works in the galleries, students will see how artists use color to set a mood, define a character, or convey symbolic meaning. During this tour, students will have the opportunity to develop new vocabulary and use visual thinking skills to discuss color in art.
►Myths and Legends: (For Grades 9-12)
Explore myths and legends from throughout history with this tour. Students will learn about the lives and loves of heroes, gods, and other mythological and historical figures through their depiction in paintings and sculptures. By connecting works of art to students' knowledge of ancient history, literature and contemporary culture, this tour creates opportunists for rewarding discussions and discoveries.
Tour of the Museum of Art + Tibbals Learning Center
Our Superhuman in Sarasota school tour, offered exclusively to 4th grade classes, gives students a chance to discover fine art and local history in The Ringling's unique setting. Led by our trained docents, students will explore the Museum of Art and the Tibbals Learning Center as they look for examples of "superhuman" individuals in art and in the circus. Designed to address 4th grade standards in social studies and language arts, the Superhuman in Sarasota tour connects students with important cultural heritage of the Ringlings and their circus legacy.Availability►Tours are available Tuesday through Friday, August through May.►Reservations must be made 6 weeks prior to your visit►Tour are offered at 10:30 AM, ending at 12:00 PM Tour FAQ's
►Tours are offered to groups numbering 10-125 students►Two chaperones are required for every 10 students►Tours last 90 minutes and cover a total of 6 stops in the Museum of Art and the Tibbals Learning Center.►A Teacher Guide with pre- and post-visit materials is available for download►Museum staff will contact you prior to your tour to review logistical details and content.