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    K-12 Teacher-Guided Visits

    The teacher-guided tour option provides you with the greatest amount of flexibility. You may explore at your own pace and determine what best meets the needs of your students. Teacher-guided groups have access to the Museum of Art, including special exhibitions; Circus Museum, Tibbals Learning Center; Ca' d'Zan and Bayfront Gardens.

    What You Need to Know...

    ► Reservations must be made 2 weeks prior to your visit.
    ► Visits are available on Tuesday through Friday; year-round. 
    ► Visits are free and available for groups of 10+ students
    ► 2 chaperones are required for every 10 students.
    Please note: All school visits and tours must be confirmed in advance by The Ringling Education Dept. It may take up to two weeks to receive your confirmation. If you do not receive a confirmation, contact at least one week before your visit.


    Tour Options

    Meet The Ringling
    Grades: K-12 | Venue: Museum of Art | Length: 45-60 minutes

    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. You will guide your students in analyzing the ideas and stories behind a selection of key works, thereby sharpening their skills of observation and interpretation. This tour will feature 4-6 works of art.

    Growing at The Ringling
    Grades: K-12 | Venue: Bayfront Gardens | Length: 60 minutes

    Science and art blend together on this teacher-guided tour through the Bayfront Gardens! Students will experience four gardens on our 66 acres of beautiful grounds. The worksheets below incorporate science, math, language arts, and visual arts standards for a multi-disciplinary STEAM tour of the gardens. Each student workbook is accompanied by a teacher guide for chaperones, parents, and teachers to follow along. This program makes a great addition to both docent-led tours and teacher-guided visits, encouraging students to look and learn as you travel throughout the grounds.

    ​Ca' d'Zan 
    Grades: K-12 | Venue: Ca' d'Zan | Time: 10 AM only

    On the following teacher-guided tour students will see history come alive as they explore the first floor of Ca' d'Zan, the Ringlings’ winter residence. They will find connections between this historic home and Florida life in the Roaring Twenties. This tour provides a unique opportunity to see inside the life of a couple who helped shape state and local history. Please note: Your group must arrive by 9:30 AM for a 10:00 AM entry to Ca' d'Zan. 

    Animal Safari
    Grades: K-5 | Venue: Museum of Art | Length: 45-60 minutes
    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. This tour features 4-6 works of art. View the Gallery Worksheet
    We Ran Away with the Circus! 
    Grade 2 only | Circus Museum Visit + Performance

    This teacher-guided tour option, is designed exclusively for 2nd grade classes, and is offered in partnership with The Circus Arts Conservatory of Sarasota. Students will experience both an in-school performance by real circus stars and a self-guided visit to The Ringling to view circus history first-hand. In doing so, they'll practice skills in math, social studies, language arts, and visual art while getting to know some of the entertaining cast of characters you find in a circus.  A Teacher Guide with pre- and post-visit materials is available, and workbooks are provided to students who participate in the two part program.

    Teachers should schedule the in-school performance by contacting Karen Bell with the Circus Arts Conservatory at

    Creative Colors
    Grades: 6-8 | Venue: Museum of Art | Length: 45-60 minutes

    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. This tour features 4-6 works of art. View the Gallery Worksheet

    Myths and Legends
    Grades: 9-12 | Venue: Museum of Art | Length: 45-60 minutes

    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. This tour features 4-6 works of art. View the Gallery Worksheet


    Schedule Your Visit

    ► Submit  Your Tour Request
    ► Reservations are not final until you receive a confirmation email from the Education Department.
    ► To cancel or change an existing reservation, contact Education at 941-359-5700 x3705 or