Through circus posters, explore the changing nature of commercial printing from wood block to the modern offset lithography process.
The Ringling is offering free Museum Admission to active Military personnel, including the National Guard and Reserve and their immediate families from Memorial Day, May 25, 2015 through Labor Day, September 7, 2015. Please present your current Military ID at the Admissions counter.
The printed advertising that was the dominant media for circuses of the 19th and early 20th centuries offers a fascinating glimpse at how American attitudes slowly evolved, becoming increasingly informed and interested in the cultures and experiences of people from around the globe.
Don’t look down! We’ll learn about Chevalier Blondin and other daredevils of tightrope history, play a tightrope game, and make our own tiny tightrope walkers that need to keep their balance on the high wire.
One great way the Ringling Brothers Circus would advertise is through a circus parade, with flashy circus wagons carrying exotic menagerie animals. We'll check out some of the circus wagons in our Circus Museum, and play a related game.
Discover unexpected similarities between early museums and modern circuses, and see how both used curiosities to appeal to their respective audiences. This Gallery Walk & Talk will be led by Museum Staff.
While the styles of clowns have evolved since the circus debuted, the role of the clown as a visual symbol of the circus is still strong. This exhibition examines the use of the clown image in circus advertising from the 1850's to present day.
Enjoy free admission to The Ringling and other participating museums throughout the United States.
The Ringling and all of it's venues are closed today. Happy Thanksgiving!
The Ringling and all of it's venues are closed today. Happy Holidays!