Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Ringling · Circus Museum

As I mentioned in a previous post, we've had our hearts set on visiting The Ringling. It's been on our list of local places to explore for over a year now. As of last Thursday we were able to mark it off of that list. Sarasota is about a 2 hour drive from us and it's actually where we honeymooned (what seems like) ages ago. And since my mama had never been, we invited her along too. I feel that we picked the perfect day to go because the weather was beautiful. It was a little chilly, but started warming up as the day progressed. There was so much to explore! From the circus museum to the rose garden, the mansion (or Ca' d'Zan) and the art museum — this trip did not disappoint. I took about a bazillion photos, which should go without saying. I had planned to share about everything all at once, but I decided that breaking this trip into two parts would be best for all of us. I'd hate for this to be a mile long and I think you'd agree.

I'm going to cover the circus museum in this post and I'll follow-up with the rose garden, Ca d'Zan, + the art museum tomorrow. The circus museum was created back in 1948 and was the first museum to document the history of the circus. It contains an array of memorabilia, including old advertisements, art prints, props, different wardrobe pieces and other circus equipment. It was a little overwhelming because there was so much history all wrapped up into one building. On top of all of that, there was a miniature replica of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. It's the largest miniature circus in the world. I wish I could have captured all of the tiny details that were put into it because I was impressed.

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