Sarasota-Bradenton Area Museums

There are some fantastic museums and learning institutes in the Bradenton Sarasota area. These places are fun to visit and they can help you learn about the local history among other things. Unlike most other museums in the area, the Ringling Museum of Art is full of unimaginable artwork from across the globe!

Museum of Asian Art

A precious haven of beauty and serenity reflecting the long-enduring aesthetics and spiritual values of Asian cultures. Any visit is unique. An embracing experience that forms a bridge of understanding between East and West.  Address: 640 S. Washington Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34236  Phone: 941-954-7117   Fax: 941-954-7117  Email:    Website:
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The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Sarasota MuseumThree spectacular attractions: The Museum of Art with European, American and non-Western art. Cà d’Zan the Ringling’s’ Venetian-Gothic mansion. The Circus Museum displays memorabilia and artifacts of the American Circus and The Ringling Bros. family enterprise. Address: 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243   Phone: 941-351-1660  Fax: 941-359-7704  Email:   Website:
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Cà d’Zan

Translating to “House of John,” Cà d’Zan is a restore 32-room 1920’s era Venetian Gothic Mansion with a rose garden and lavish lawns overlooking Sarasota Bay. John and Mable Ringling’s home was designed to feature architectural elements from her favorite Venetian hotels.  Address: 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243  Phone: 941-359-5700  Fax: 941-359-5745  Email:   Website:
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Florida House Learning Center

Environmental model home and landscape teaches sustainable design, building and lifestyles with water and energy conservation, durability, indoor air quality and recycled products. Model Florida yard shows Florida-friendly landscaping materials and methods.  Address: 4600 Beneva Road South, Sarasota, FL, 34233  Phone: 941-316-1200  Fax: 941-316-1203  Email:    Website:
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Crowley Museum and Nature Center

Crowley Museum and Nature Center (CMNC) is located on 190 acres of native Florida land adjacent to the Myakka River in Sarasota County. The Center is a wildlife sanctuary and education center where visitors can enjoy nature trails, a boardwalk traversing Maple Branch Swamp, an observation tower overlooking the marsh and Myakka River, a pioneer cabin and museum, a working blacksmith shop and sugar cane mill, and a restored 1892 “Cracker” house. The trails are well maintained, and many are handicapped accessible. Address: 16405 Myakka Rd. Sarasota, FL, 34240 Phone: 941-322-1000 Email: Website:
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Sarasota Classic Car Museum

Sarasota Classic car museumBuilt in 1952, the Sarasota Classic Car Museum (SCCM) opened its doors to the public in February of 1953. Although the SCCM has changed ownership over the years it has operated continuously and now enjoys the recognition of being one of the oldest car museums in the world. Address: 5500 Tamiami Trail North, Sarasota, FL 34243 Phone: 941-355-6228  Fax: 941-358-8065  Email:  Website:
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South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium

Florida’s natural and cultural history: mastodon skeleton, dioramas, Smilodon, maritime exhibits, 16th century Spanish chapel replica, 60,000-gallon manatee aquarium, home of Snooty. Address: 201 – 10th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34206 Phone: 941-746-4131 Fax: 941-747-2556 Email: Website:
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Historic Spanish Point

Sarasota County’s premier environmental, archaeological and historic site featuring pioneer homestead, nature trails and exhibits. Address: 337 N. Tamiami Trl., Osprey, FL 34229 Phone: 941-966-5214 Fax: 941-966-1355 Email: Website:
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