John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art | 286/365 Things to Do
In 1925, circus entertainer John Ringling decided to build an art museum, both as a legacy meant to outlast his business interests and as a memorial to his wife Mable and himself. By sharing the art of Europe with the people of Florida, Ringling sought to educate and encourage curiosity for the wider world.
First opened in 1930, Ringing filled the museum with European paintings, paneled rooms from the Gilded Age Astor Mansion in New York, and the ancient and medieval objects purchased from distinguished collections. Upon his death in 1936 Ringling bequeathed the Museum to the people of Florida.
The Art Museum, parking and the grounds are FREE to visit every Monday from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Ringling additionally offers Free Family Programs. Visit their official website for current programs
The Ringling - The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art www.ringling.org
5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, FL 34243
The Ringling is a short drive from Bonita Springs, Florida and would be an excellent day trip for the family.
About the author. Gisela Chamberlin is a Bonita Springs resident and an art enthusiast.