The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art - the State Art Museum of Florida - has reopened after a 5-year, $20 million modernization and restoration.

The museum's galleries now have on view some 315 paintings, sculptures and decorative objects, including highly regarded works by such old master as Rubens, Velazquez and Poussin.The museum complex consists of the art galleries; the villa that was the home of John and Mable Ringling, who founded the museum in 1927 and started the collections, which now amount to over 10,000 objects; a theater; galleries housing a collection of circus memorabilia; and 66 acres of landscaped grounds.

John Ringling made his fortune through real-estate transactions, railroads and the widely known circus he shared with his brothers.