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Ringling Circus Museum
5401 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, Florida 34243
Voice: 941-359-5700
Fax: 941-359-5745

To honor John Ringling's career as the circus tycoon who united the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circuses in 1907, the Circus Museum was added in 1948, twelve years after his death.

The 1952 Oscar Award for Best Picture went to the film "The Greatest Show on Earth" and is considered to be the greatest of all circus films. It is an extravagant and exciting salute to the big top directed by Cecil B. DeMille who considered the film "a lifetime in the planning and three years in the making." Released in 1951, the movie used actual footage taken of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on the road and in Sarasota at its winter quarters. The exhibition at the Circus Museum includes the clown car and other performing props that the great Lou Jacobs used, model trains created by Paramount Studios for the thrilling wreck scene, Emmett Kelly's wardrobe, Miles White's wardrobe sketches, and photographs of the filming.



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