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Visiting the Ringling Circus Museum you may recall the words, “Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls of All Ages….”

Have you ever been to a circus? Perhaps when you were a child;

you’ve been to the Circus Big Top and were dazzled, amazed and entertained, so will you be at the Ringling Circus Museum.

There is so much to see that it’s challenging to absorb everything during one visit.

I spent 3 or 4 hours there on a Saturday morning and afternoon and with the amount of written and visual history, displays of past circus pageantry, artifacts, set pieces, music, videos, special films to watch and much more including the world’s largest miniature circus display, I didn’t absorb all of it in that period of time.

The experience and displays are, well, beyond words; except to say that this is a fabulous museum.

The Ringling Circus Museum stretches over 2 buildings; one is a two story building.

But the Museum is much more than the story of just the Ringling Brothers Circus. It encompasses and celebrates the people and history of the circus from its earliest roots back in 2,000 B.C. to the contemporary circus.


Hours: Open 7 days a week; Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Days. Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Thursdays until 8:00 p.m.

Admission: Adults $25; seniors (65 and older) $20; active U.S. military $10; students 18+ with ID $5; children 6-17 $5; Florida teachers with ID $10; children 6 and younger free. Adult 3-day pass $35, children age 6 – 17 3 day pass $10. Parking is free at this writing. (Admission prices subject to change over time)

Location: 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243, (941) 351-1660.


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