The Ringling Museum of Art
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is the legacy of circus entrepreneur and art collector John Ringling and his wife, Mable. The 66-acre estate on Sarasota bay includes the Museum of Art; the Venetian-Gothic Ca' d'Zan mansion, winter-residence of John and Mable; historic grounds and gardens; the 18th-century Historic Asolo Theater; and the Circus Museums, featuring the Wisconsin railroad car and the world's largest miniature circus at the Tibbals Learning Center.
John Ringling left his art collection and estate to the State of Florida. In 2000, the State transferred stewardship to Florida State University, establishing the Ringling Estate as one of the largest museum/university complexes in the country. Today, the Museum of Art displays European, American and Asian works. The Old Master paintings, among the rarest in the United States, are the most important of the Museum's holdings. It also features an extensive modern and contemporary collection.