John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Here, in an extraordinary place is an extraordinary collection of art. From the Rubens’ Galleries to the Turrell Skyspace, view the permanent collection’s treasures, the fascinating exhibitions from around the world and the classical sculptures that fill the grand courtyard. The State Art Museum of Florida, this awe-inspiring palace was originally built by famed circus impresario John Ringling as a legacy to the citizens of Florida. This is a place of beauty and wonder.

Museum of Art Tour

Gain new insights into extraordinary works of art and their times. Discover how 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 45-minute tour throughout the day. This tour is included with Museum Admission. To participate, meet in the Museum lobby.

Self-Guided Tour of the Museum of Art

Wander and wonder through the galleries at your own pace. Signage is informative and insightful, adding to your appreciation of the work in each of the 31 individual galleries. This tour included with Museum Admission.

Private Tour of the Museum of Art

Explore your special interest with an informed and entertaining docent on a private tour of the permanent collection or of a special exhibition. Ideal for those wishing to explore a special interest. Arrangements for private tours must be made 2 weeks in advance and prices begin at $100. Call 941-358-3180 to schedule your private tour.


Fine art collection
Botanical gardens
View of Sarasota Bay
Special events

Location Details:

5401 Bay Shore Rd
(941) 359-5700