The Ringling Brothers Circus Museum

The Ringling Brothers Circus Museum001In March–when Minnesota winds were blowing cold, I had an opportunity to spend a couple of weeks on Long Boat Key in Florida.  While the beaches were beautiful, one of the unexpected highlights of the trip was a jaunt to Ringling Bros Circus Museum, Ringling Mansion-Ca’ D’ Zan  and The John and Mable Ringling Art Museum.

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John Ringling was a brilliant businessman who turned his circus revenue into a real estate fortune as developer of Sarasota Florida.  By the 1930s he was one of the wealthiest men in the world.

The Ringling Brothers Circus Museum001Can you imagine–in the pre-TV and internet era–how thrilling it must have been when the circus came to town?

The Ringling Brothers Circus Museum001The combination of theater, exotic animals, circus acts…

The Ringling Brothers Circus Museum001

The Ringling Brothers Circus Museum001

The Ringling Brothers Circus Museum001The Circus Museum is a fabulous mix of history, art, and theater…

Part of me wishes I could experience the real circus back in its prime… with the heat and noise and smells and people!

No wonder people ran off and joined the circus!

I definitely have a new appreciation for The Circus.  If you are ever in Sarasota, don’t miss The Ringling!


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