The Ringling Museums at Sarasota

6 May

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The John & Mable Ringling Museums

Sarasota Bay, Sarasota, FL

Friday, May 06, 2016

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We visited the John & Mable Ringling Museums in the city of Sarasota (SRQ), Florida. Bhanu and I arrived around 11 AM after driving for about 45 minutes from Clearwater, FL where we were staying. The Ringling Museum is part of the Florida State University and since I am faculty at FSU, I got a special rate while Bhanu paid the full amount. We were met with volunteers who explained the places to see.
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The Ringling Museums are located on a 20 acre property off of the Sarasota Bay on the west coast of Florida peninsula has many individual museums: the circus museum, the Tibbals Learning Center, Mable’s Rose Garden, Ca’ d’Zan (House of John in Venetian dialect), Banyan Cafe, Center for Asian Art (opening in May 2016), Museum of Art, and Searing Wing.
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We saw many of the buildings including the Tibbals, circus museum, the rose garden, the Ca’ d’Zan, Asian Art, Museum of Art, and ate at the Banyan Cafe. The weather was perfect and unusually cool and dry (78F) for an early May.
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We spent almost 6 hours at the museums and left around 4 PM toward Palm Harbor.
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