Sarasota, FL

Thursday, April 12, 2018

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW's outdoor event will be held both inside the mansion and on the extensive grounds surrounding the Ca' d'Zan.

Event Details

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Ca' d'Zan at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art,
State Art Museum of Florida/Florida State University

5401 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL 34243


All tickets will be distributed electronically to winner's ticket application email address in advance of the event. You must have a ticket to enter the event. Tickets will not be available on the day of event.

What You Need to Know

  • You must have a ticket to enter the event.
  • Each ticket holder may bring two items (and must bring at least one item).
  • Please keep in mind you will need to carry your items during your visit.
  • Dollies and carts are not permitted at this event.
  • We do not prescreen ticket holders' items and cannot suggest which items ticket holders should choose to bring.
  • Please do not arrive at the parking lot more than 30 minutes before the entrance time on your ticket.
  • Please remember to either print your ticket at home or have it available at the event on your mobile device.

Appraisal Items & Appraisers

  • You must be able to carry your item throughout the event.
  • Please be prepared for steps and ramps, grass, gravel, shell mulch and marble surfaces.
  • We cannot provide assistance with carrying your items.
  • Appraisers will be located inside the historic house and in tents outside.
  • If you contact a ROADSHOW appraiser in advance regarding the item(s) you plan to bring to the event, the item(s) will not be considered for taping.
  • Vehicles, stamps, stock certificates, paper currency, coins, bicycles, tools, fossils, glass fire extinguishers, explosives or hazardous materials cannot be appraised.
  • You're welcome to bring a painting, but please keep in mind your wait might be shorter if you bring a different item for appraisal.

Special Information about Firearms and Weapons

  1. You may bring an antique firearm for appraisal (as defined below).
  2. You may not bring any other firearm.
  3. All ammunition is prohibited.
  4. You may not bring any other weapon (as defined below).
Only Antique firearms (those made before 1898 and for which ammunition is no longer manufactured or readily available in the United States) will be permitted to the event and appraised at the discretion of the producer of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, WGBH Educational Foundation ("WGBH") and/or the venue. All Antique firearms must be checked by security personnel before entering the event. Ammunition is prohibited. Use of trigger locks on all firearms is strongly recommended and WGBH/ANTIQUES ROADSHOW reserves the right to attach one to your firearm while it is at the appraisal event. All other weapons are expressly prohibited, including any sword, dirk, knife, metallic knuckles, slingshot, billie, tear gas gun, chemical weapon or device, or other deadly weapon (except an antique firearm or a common pocketknife, plastic knife, or blunt-bladed table knife). All persons entering the event are subject to search for any reason. All local, state and federal laws apply.


  • This is a rain or shine event. There will be no rainchecks; the venue has indoor and tented outdoor appraisal areas.
  • Plan appropriately for all types of weather — remember to bring your sunscreen and hat for sun, and raincoat and umbrella for rain.
  • Please wear comfortable clothing and sturdy footwear.


  • ANTIQUES ROADSHOW trams will provide roundtrip transportation between The McKay Visitors Pavilion and the Ca' d'Zan Mansion.
  • Accessible portable restrooms are available outdoors only and located in the lot between the sponsor booth and tram pick-up.
  • If you or your guest has difficulty standing for long periods of time, please bring a small, lightweight portable chair.
  • Food and refreshments will be available for purchase at the event.
  • Please be prepared to walk half-a-mile or more.
  • The fun continues at the exit, where you can stop and visit our valued sponsors and collect information about our appraisers.
  • Please say hello to your local PBS station, WEDU, who will be located near the tram pick-up area.

Information on Visiting Ca' D'Zan

Your ANTIQUES ROADSHOW wristband (received upon entry to the event), allows access to The Ringling Museum estate. However, once your appraisals are complete, you must return your items to your vehicle prior to exploring the site.

Directions & Parking


  • Map (PDF)
  • Free parking for ticket holders is located opposite The McKay Visitors Pavilion at the FSU Center for Performing Arts, with overflow parking located further along Bay Shore Road at the University of Florida.
  • A shuttle will transport you to and from the overflow lot and The McKay Visitors Pavilion.
  • More information


  • You must have an ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Sarasota event ticket to park. Parking is free and located opposite The McKay Visitors Pavilion at the FSU Center for Performing Arts; if needed, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW trams can transport guests from The McKay Visitors Pavilion to the Ca' d'Zan Mansion. Overflow parking is located at the University further along Bay Shore Road. A shuttle service will transport you to and from the overflow parking lot and The McKay Visitors Pavilion. The overflow parking shuttles have rear door (48") wheelchair access.
  • If you need to use the drop-off area prior to parking, or the pick-up area after the event, please use the Bus Drop area next to The McKay Visitors Pavilion.
  • The entry door into the mansion is restricted to 27". You may only bring items that you can carry and transport within the mansion entry door.
  • Handicapped parking is located in the northwest corner of the FSU Center for Performing Arts lot.

You've received your ticket, decided which two treasures to bring along, and now you're ready to hear the history behind your items. As you prepare to attend an ANTIQUES ROADSHOW taping event, here's what you can expect.

8 Easy Steps

Step 1: Are You Ready for Some ROADSHOW?

Before you come to the event, don't forget your ticket and two items for appraisal.

Step 2: It's Show Time!

On the day of the event, please plan to arrive at the venue no earlier than 30 minutes before the entrance time on your ticket. Present your ticket to the volunteers at the entrance and your ROADSHOW adventure begins.

Step 3: Waiting in the Wings

You will enter the event and line up according to the time on your ticket. Please wear comfortable shoes as the venues have concrete floors. If you or your guest has difficulty standing for long periods of time, please bring a small, lightweight and portable chair or wheelchair.

While you wait to enter the television production area, you'll enjoy meeting fellow guests and seeing their special items.

Step 4: Show Us Your Items

After waiting in the appropriate line according to the time on your ticket, it is time to show your treasures to a generalist appraiser who will give you two appraisal category tickets for the items you've brought. Each category ticket will allow you to receive one appraisal. There are over 20 categories in all, everything from Folk Art to Furniture.

Step 5: Ready for Your Close-Up?

When you have your category tickets, a volunteer will escort you to the appropriate appraisal line to learn the history and value of your item. Some tables will be busier than others, so you may have to wait in line again before you meet one of our appraisers.

If an appraiser thinks your treasure would make an interesting TV segment, he or she will call for a producer to see if your items should be taped for the show. If selected, you'll be escorted to the Green Room, where you'll have make-up applied, sign a release, and wait for your turn to be on camera!

Step 6: Take a Bow

Once you've received your appraisals, and as you exit the production area, you may want to stop by the "Feedback Booth" for a chance to record some thoughts about your ANTIQUES ROADSHOW experience for possible inclusion in a future ROADSHOW episode.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW sees over 5,000 people, and our 70 to 80 appraisers appraise over 10,000 items per event. When your appraisal is complete, please make your way to the exit so others can take their turn.

Step 7: Thank You... And Thanks to our Sponsors

At the exit, please visit our valued sponsors and the local PBS station who would like to thank you for attending and supporting ANTIQUES ROADSHOW. There you will also have a chance to collect information about our appraisers.

Step 8: Visit Us on TV and the Web

Your tour with ANTIQUES ROADSHOW doesn't have to stop at the event. Visit us online:

Track the summer's discoveries and upcoming broadcasts at

Like us on Facebook at

Follow @RoadshowPBS on Twitter for live, behind-the-scenes updates

Then, tune in Monday nights at 8/7C* and 9/8C* on PBS to stay on the road with ANTIQUES ROADSHOW all year long!

*Check local listings

Important: No Soliciting

All ANTIQUES ROADSHOW appraisals are conducted inside the convention center. If you are approached outside the convention center by anyone offering to appraise or purchase your items, please be aware that these people are not affiliated with ANTIQUES ROADSHOW.

We do not sanction any solicitation, buying or selling at an ANTIQUES ROADSHOW event. We ask that you alert an ANTIQUES ROADSHOW staff member or security officer if you are approached by anyone offering to buy or appraise your items.

In association with

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW airs Mondays at 8:00pm on WEDU

2018 Tour Events

Excited for the Sarasota event? Check out this video.

Watch Nicholas Lowry appraise a 1938 Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus Poster.