Free Culture on Smithsonian’s Museum Day
Today was the 6th Annual Museum Day hosted by Smithsonian Media which meant participating museums across the country offered free admission for two people. I opted to revisit the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota and see what’s new since my last visit, which I can’t recall when that was. Plus, I saved $25, the regular cost of admission.
I have say, “wow!” Ringling has grown up and has a nice balance of fine art, history and circus heritage.
Enjoy these snapshots from the day and check out the whole collection on Flickr.
Have to say, the Dwarf Garden is my favorite site at the Ringling Museum. It consists of maybe a dozen carved sculptures (not sure of the exact count) in the form of dwarfs. They each have their own quirky personality. Some look scared (makes me think they were once children gone bad and turned to stone) and others look mischievous. Since I have this fascination with them, is there something wrong with me? I think not.
Ah, to stand almost naked in a rose garden without a care in the world.
Bring in the clowns! And the elephants! The Circus Museum’s Tibbals Learning Center is well, quite cool. It’s the world’s largest miniature circus. These elephants aren’t part of that exhibit but on display on an opposite wall.
Just a little abstract imagery for ya. I love the tile and the pop of the flower petal.