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Ringling Museum To Stay Open During Romney Visit

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art have not announced any closures for Thursday during Gov. Mitt Romney's grassroots campaign rally.

Pardon the presidential campaign today while at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

The museum has not announced any closures, partial or otherwise, for today as Gov. Mitt Romney is scheduled to host a grassroots campaign rally from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Gates open at 1:30 p.m.

The museum's regular hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The rally is positioned behind the Museum of Art's central courtyard in a tight area overlooking Sarasota Bay, so it won't interfere with crowds trying to look at the art and access other areas of the campus, but you may hear a crowd cheer and music playing while in the museum. 

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It was unclear Wednesday evening of the complete set up of banners, lights and bleachers, but it might be possible to stand along the perimeter inside the courtyard's terrace area and get a view of the rally.

It's unclear if the museum or the Ca d'Zan mansion has played host or any role in prior presidential campaigns, but the complex has been State of Florida property since 1927 and transferred to the Florida State University system in 2000.

Florida governors also have had a long tradition of selecting art work from the Ringling Museum to be installed at the Florida Governor's Mansion in Tallahassee.

For more information on the museum, visit Ringling.org.

Louise Hamel September 20, 2012 at 12:24 PM
The rental policy of the museum: "No Fundraising, POLITICAL, or Revenue Generating activities allowed by parties other than the Ringling Museum of Art." So WHO authorized the rental to the Romney campaign?
Charles Schelle (Editor) September 20, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Thanks for sharing Louise. We've reached out to Ringling's communications staff to find out more. The rental agreement can be found here: http://www.ringling.org/uploadedFiles/Programs/Events/Weddings_and_Rentals/RentalPolicyForms1-11.pdf
PG September 20, 2012 at 02:18 PM
That's the policy for "After Hours" rentals. Is there a separate policy for space rental during museum hours? Or is this actually being sponsored and run by Ringling, in which case I guess they do not need a rental agreement?
virginia hoffman September 23, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Guess what people Mr. Romney does not care.

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