Ringling Museum of Art

Ringling Museum of Art

There is so much to discover at The Ringling!  Students of all ages will connect with art, nature, and history as they explore The Ringling’s rich art collections, roam the lush grounds, visit the historic Ca’ d’Zan, and experience the fascinating, interactive history of the American circus.  Docent-led and teacher-guided tour options are available, and our museum staff is eager to work with educators to meet students’ learning needs. 

Teacher-guided visits are perfect for learners of all ages! Our docent-guided tours are carefully developed to reflect specific standards and curriculum tie-ins by grade level. Are you homeschooling? Join us for Homeschool Third Thursday! This program engages learners on multiple levels with hands-on activities, docent-guided looking, and family-friendly modules.

To extend learning beyond the school day, The Ringling also offers fun programs for kids and families. Check out the Ringling Order of Art Readers (R.O.A.R.) for weekly storytime activities, or visit during Family Saturdays to find hands-on connections with works of art and museum artifacts.




  5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243


941.359.5700 x.1-3710


Superhuman in Sarasota

Program description

Calling all superheroes!

We’re used to seeing superheroes light up movie screens with their daring deeds. But, did you know that we’re surrounded by the legacy of “super-humans” right here in Sarasota? Virtually visit The Ringling to learn more about awesome feats involved in the circus and the amazing impact the circus had on Sarasota.

This virtual tour will introduce 4th graders to superhuman qualities that can be seen in The Ringling Circus Museum. Students will explore the notion of “superhuman” by viewing the world’s largest miniature circus, trying out circus acts, and looking at how artists depict extraordinary individuals. Experienced museum educators will also help students understand the role that John and Mable Ringling played in the growth of Sarasota from small town to bustling cultural center.

This tour opportunity is open to all 4th grade classes, in support of Any Given Child’s initiative to provide community arts experiences at all grade levels. Teacher resource materials, including suggested pre- and post-visit activities to do in the classroom or at home, will be provided to 4th grade teachers who schedule this exploration.

Booking / scheduling contact

Kay Carrington

   941-359-5700 x3705


Program detail
Artistic discipline: History & Heritage, Storytelling, Visual Arts
Cultural Origin: Array, Array
Program type: Field Trip
Population served: Students with Disabilities, Grade 4
Subject: FIne Arts: Visual Art, History, Language Arts, Media Arts, Social Studies
Bilingual: Yes
Available dates:

Virtual school visits are available Monday-Friday during the school year.

Available times:

8:00am – 3:00pm

Length of program: 30 minutes
Space / technical requirements:

The Ringling uses Zoom for virtual tours unless otherwise specified. For brick-and-mortar classrooms, it is recommended teachers are equipped with microphone and video projection. For students learning remotely, Zoom is recommended to provide the most effective security.


The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

5401 Bay Shore Road

Sarasota, FL 34243

Fees / Ticketing:

Virtual school tours are FREE!

CPALMS Standards

English Language Arts:
Grade 4
Social Studies:
Grade 4
Visual Art:
Grade 4


Has conducted educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Programs connect to State Curriculum Standards: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance: Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Cancellation Policy

Please allow 2 weeks notice for cancellation.