As a VENUE: Host your event…

Every event deserves a venue as special as the occasion. Whether a wedding, a corporate cocktail party to signal a success or a joyful celebration that brings family and friends together, The Ringling offers a variety of spectacular venues that promise to mark your occasion as unforgettable. The Ringling’s bay-front estate is a popular location for personal, portrait and commercial photography. Photo shoots are scheduled only by reservation and photographers must have a permit to shoot on The Ringling grounds. With 66 acres of breathtaking architecture, beautiful tropical grounds, and stunning views of Sarasota Bay, it’s no wonder that The Ringling is woven into the fabric of the community in countless ways. We’re so pleased to be considered for your upcoming special event. The Ringling is a local, regional, and national favorite for: * wedding ceremonies * reception * cocktail parties, and * corporate events. Our friendly and professional staff looks forward to working with you. Several distinctive rental spaces are offered:

  • Ca’ d’Zan Terrace & Bolger Campiello: On the Terrace of Ca’ d’Zan, and the Bolger Campiello, your guests will find themselves swept up in the atmosphere of Sarasota’s most breathtaking setting. As the sun sets over the Bay, the lights of Sarasota, Longboat Key and a sky full of stars illuminate the night, and it is magical!
    • Capacity: 175 guests
  • Museum of Art Courtyard: Lend your gathering an air of timeless elegance in a setting that defines romance and the romantic. Dine and dance into the night surrounded by replicas of ancient Greek, Roman, and Baroque statuary on magnificently manicured lawns.
    • Capacity: 400 guests
  • Micro-Wedding Spaces: Featured areas of The Ringling are available for micro-weddings. Choose from Mable Ringling’s Rose Garden, the Zodiac Mosaic located on the promenade to Ca’ d’Zan, Under the Banyans, and the Searing Loggia of the Museum of Art.
    • Capacity: 25 guests
  • Chao Lecture Hall: Located on the third floor of the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Center of Art, the Chao Lecture Hall is a dedicated meeting space able to host up to 100 people. The Chao Lecture Hall features advanced audio/video capabilities and the ability to stream and broadcast virtual events.
    • Capacity: 36 guests

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As a SHOPDiscover unique gifts…

Discover something for every imagination and level of interest, from histories of Ca’ d’Zan to books celebrating the Museum’s collection at the Ringling Museum Store. There’s one-of-a-kind jewelry inspired by everything from special exhibitions to the architectural details of the Ca’ d’Zan – and all of it made expressly for the Ringling. Choose a gift that will awaken the interest of a child – or satisfy the child within – from our selection of games and puzzles.

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As an EATERYFood for thought…

A variety of dining options are available at The Ringling.

  • The Ringling Grillroom: Located in the John M. McKay Visitors Pavilion, The Grillroom offers dine-in and take-away service.
  • Mable’s Coffee and Tea: Mable’s Coffee and Tea, located upstairs in the John M. McKay Visitors Pavilion, Mable’s proudly serves hot and cold beverages and features a number of made fresh daily salads, sandwiches, and parfaits along with baked goods to satisfy your sweet tooth.
  • Ringling Concessions: Our newest dining concept offers a tempting array of big top favorites as well as fresh salads, sandwiches and more. Located near Ca’ d’Zan, Ringling Concessions is open daily from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Be a DONORShow that you care…

All of your charitable support goes directly to making our programs possible, enhancing our exhibitions, lectures, children’s activities and performances. Help the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art continue to be an inspiring resource in our community.


Enjoy the benefits of membership – free admission, exhibition previews, and discounts at the Museum’s stores, restaurants and more. Your support makes our exhibitions, lectures, children’s activities, and performances possible. With your help, The Ringling will continue to be an inspiring resource for our community. Give the gift that surprises and engages all year-round. Our Membership staff will mail a gift certificate along with a temporary membership card to your gift recipient. Memberships at specified levels are offered: * Individual * Duo * Family * Reciprocal * Supporting * Partner * Curator’s Circle * Director’s Circle, and * Chairman’s Circle.


The Ringling relies on donors such as you to help support our operations and programs that inspire, educate, and entertain. Over 400,000 people visit each year to marvel at our diverse collections that showcase art, architecture, and circus.

  • Annual Giving: There are many ways to provide individual leadership support for The Ringling. Giving helps the Museum achieve its vision and enrich our community. Tribute gifts are also welcomed.
  • Employer Matched Gifts: Your company may be one of thousands that match employee contributions to The Ringling.
  • Planned Giving: By remembering The Ringling when making plans for your own estate, you can help ensure that his legacy – and your own – will long endure. Generosity comes in many forms, and it’s often the best way for you to support causes that matter to you, such as preserving and enhancing one of our nation’s pre-eminent art and cultural collections. When you give to The Ringling, you enable us to advance the arts by finding new ways to engage patrons through exhibitions, performances and programming. We will work with you to find a charitable plan that lets you provide for your family and support The Ringling.
  • Gifts to the Collection: Through the generosity of individuals and organizations the Museum’s collection continues to grow, assuring that our collection represents a global spectrum of the visual arts. While The Ringling accepts donations to the collections, we have certain procedures in place which ensure that the donation is appropriate for the collection.
  • Corporate Sponsorship: Corporate partners are an important part of our programming. They help support various exhibitions, events, and performances throughout the year. It is a great opportunity your business or organization and meet your marketing goals and objectives using The Ringling and its large platform of activities and audiences. Organizations have the opportunity to sponsor over various platforms, events, and performances to create custom packages that will benefit the organization and support the various activities of The Ringling.
  • Art of Performance Sponsorship: Sponsors play a starring role in the Art of Performance. For every artist who steps on stage, there is a sponsor who makes the magic happen. Together, they realize the power of performance – and together they take a well-deserved bow.
  • Exhibition, Program, and Event Sponsors: Individuals, companies and foundations provide generous support, which makes possible the many programs and events that enrich the lives of our members, visitors and the community.
  • Foundation Partners: Foundation and Government Partners provide significant funding that supports The Ringling’s mission to be a place of art, architecture, and circus in an environment that inspires, educates, and entertains. Funds from our Foundations and grants support our collections, exhibitions, education, conservation, and facilities and are critical sources of major support for the institution.

Volunteer: Our volunteers are passionate about the work they do, dedicated to the institution, and inspired by our mission. The Ringling’s volunteers selflessly donate their talents and thousands of hours each year. Their dedication, knowledge and enthusiasm greatly enhance the experience of our visitors. More than 500 strong, with a wide variety of backgrounds, they are one of the largest support groups at The Ringling. Without their passion and commitment, The Ringling could not perform its mission as effectively. We hope that you will consider volunteering at The Ringling and help us share the legacy of John and Mable Ringling.

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