Take in some art, culture, and history to add an element of interest to your Siesta Key vacation. The Ringling Museum is a sprawling complex that includes the State Art Museum of Florida, Circus Museum, Bayfront Gardens, and Ca’ d’Zan mansion, also known as the Ringling Mansion.
Exploring the Ringling Mansion
Home to John Ringling, one of the five Ringling brothers who began the most successful circus in the world in the late 1800s, the Ringling Mansion is truly a masterpiece. Remembered as a circus showman and promoter, Ringling is also credited for bringing art and culture to Sarasota. Ringling and his wife Mable were well traveled, with a special love for Venice and Italy as a whole. The mansion’s design inspiration came from the Venetian Gothic style, bringing visitors right into the heart of Venice. The home’s name, Ca’ d’Zan, means House of John.
The Ringling Mansion is an astounding 36,000 square feet and is situated along the waterfront. Five stories of terracotta, stucco, and tile make for an impressive exterior. Inside, valuable paintings, exquisite china, an Aeolian organ, and a crystal chandelier are some of the touches that add to the home’s exclusivity. As a true entrepreneur, John and his wife Mable Ringling rose to the top and created a home that exemplifies the possibilities. Experience the extravagance that the Ringling’s lived daily as you wander through a game room, servant’s quarters, lavish guest bedrooms, and a tower with an open landing and domed ceiling.
When you’re finished exploring the Ringling Mansion Florida, more Ringling Museum exhibits await, such as the State Art Museum of Florida, Circus Museum, and Bayfront Gardens.
Planning Your Visit to the Ringling Mansion
The Ringling Mansion, or Ca’ d’Zan, is situated on the grounds of the Ringling Museum at 5401 Bay Shore Road. They are open daily from 10am-5pm, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Admission to the Ringling Mansion Florida can be added on to the Ringling Museum admission for an additional fee of $10 per person. Ringling Museum admission is $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, $5 for children ages 6-17, and free for children ages 5 and under.
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