Sarasota's Top Museums Walking Tour (Self Guided), Sarasota

Known for its famous arts community and historical sites and museums, Sarasota is a delight for any traveler. The wonderful flora and the refreshing breeze of the ocean will make your trip even more interesting and relaxing. You can visit a wide range of museums, most notable the John & Mable Ringling Museum, that will satisfy your desire for knowledge. Take the following tour to discover the most famous Sarasota museums.
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Sarasota's Top Museums Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Sarasota's Top Museums Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » Sarasota (See other walking tours in Sarasota)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Author: brian
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Cà d’Zan Mansion

1) Cà d’Zan Mansion (must see)

Ca’d’Zan is a gorgeous Mediterranean Revival mansion with an emphasized influence of Venetian palazzos. Located in Sarasota, Florida and offering spectacular views over the Sarasota Bay, it was a gift made by John Ringling, aka The King of Circus, to his wife, Mable. Huge fans of the style, the spouses materialized here their love for Venetian aesthetic, although the credits for the interiors and furnishings undoubtedly go to Mable. Visiting the palatial mansion is a step back in time. The informative tours explain the history and origins of all the acquisitions made by the Ringlings for their winter headquarters.

Why You Should Visit:
The mansion is stunningly beautiful inside and out and a not-to-miss experience for kids and adults alike. Besides being located in Sarasota’s arguably most scenic spot, it will offer you a glimpse of some of the 1920s richest characters’ lifestyle.

Tip:
There are two tours you can choose from: John’s tour and Mable’s tour. Although it might seem a bit pricey, taking both is worth every penny.
Even though the tours do not last too long, there is a lot to see and soak in. It might take you more than just a few hours to explore the property, so we’d recommend you to plan your schedule accordingly.
Note that you won’t see velvet ropes to stop you explore the exhibitions whatsoever. However, take care to not touch any of the featured objects. Security will notice if you do, and escort you out of the building right away.
Note that John’s tour implies climbing more than 85 stairs, and there is no elevator available. Besides being ok with stairs, you should be able to stand for the duration of the tour (about 45 minutes).

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5pm; Thur: 10am-8pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Sarasota Classic Car Museum

2) Sarasota Classic Car Museum (must see)

Founded in 1953, Sarasota Classic Car Museum is America's second oldest continuously operating antique automobile museum. It features a wide collection of antique cars and recounts more than 100 years of automotive history. Featuring an impressive variety of classic and muscle cars, the collection boasts immaculately restored vintage autos, among which you’ll find John Lennon's Mercedes Roadster or Paul McCartney's Mini Cooper. The museum also has photo displays, a gift shop and early arcade games on tap.

Why You Should Visit:
You’ll get lost in the yesteryear while exploring a unique collection of vintage automobiles, one-of-a-kind autos, and learning about displayed cars’ history

Tip:
Try to access the un-airconditioned section located in the back of the museum, separated by double doors. There you can also explore various cars and trucks in different states of repair and get a more comprehensive glimpse of various examples of automotive craftsmanship.
Hosted in the same building, there is a Vintage Motors classic cars store. If you are visiting the Museum on a day when the store is open, you can also explore the beautifully restored classic cars that are for sale.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-6pm, closed on Christmas Day
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John & Mable Ringling Museum

3) John & Mable Ringling Museum (must see)

John and Mable Ringling Museum is the legacy left by the famous spouses to the people of Florida, in hope of promoting education and love for arts, especially among young Americans. Inspired by the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the Art Museum hosts 21 diverse galleries featuring paintings and other art pieces collected by John Ringling while traveling through Europe in search of new acts for his Circus. In time, he became a self-educated passionate and insatiable collector. Due to his efforts, today the site is designated as the official state art museum for Florida.

Why You Should Visit:
Featuring paintings of celebrated artists such as Diego Velázquez, Peter Paul Rubens, Nicolas Poussin, Eugène Louis Boudin and many more, the Art Museum is a must-see site for every art and history buff, and everyone caring about his or her art education.

Tip:
The Museum and its surroundings have a lot to offer, so be aware that you’ll most probably spend more than just a few hours here.
Make sure you don’t miss the gift shop by the entrance.
As per John Ringling’s will, the Museum has to offer free entrance to the public one day a week. Every Monday you can enter the Museum of Art and the special exhibition galleries free of charge. Besides, on Thursdays, between 5pm and 8pm, the entrance fees to the Art Museum are lower.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5pm; Thur: 10am-8pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Corrigan House

4) Corrigan House

Corrigan House is a historic place in Sarasota. It was built in 1926 in a strict Mission Revival style with a hollow clay exterior. The house is also called Nagirroc. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.
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Earle House

5) Earle House

The Earle House is a historic home located in Sarasota. It was designed by Alfred C. Clas and features two floors in the Classical Revival style. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.

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