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Circus World Museum

550 Water Street

About Circus World Museum

Circus World Museum collects, preserves and interprets archival material and artifacts relating to the history of the American circus. In addition to the circus museum, it maintains and operates a circus library and research center. Through its exhibits and educational outreach programs, Circus World Museum strives to encourage an appreciation of the historic role of the circus in American life, including the presentation of live circus performances during the summer season. The summer season includes a full range of family entertainment including stage shows, circus music demonstrations, train loading demonstrations, clown acts, animal and carousel rides, and educational animal training demonstrations. During the fall and winter seasons, exhibit facilities are open for self-guided tours. A variety of seasonal programs change as the seasons do.


Jared Nishida

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Some really fascinating exibits on circus history. Brought my daughter after she fell in love with The Greatest Showman and she was not disappointed. We went when they first opened in the spring and not all attractions were open. We look forward to going back to see more during the summer months!

Nichelle Inman

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017
This was a really neat tour. It was after their summer season so the acts were closed but all the exhibits and buildings were open. It was cool to see how Ringling Brothers got their start as well as how they ended up with Barnum & Bailey as well. The staff was awesome especially Deb at the front desk. She was very helpful and even heated up my chicken noodle soup for me.

Monica Dustin

Monday, April 9, 2018
I found this postcard on Wisconsin Postcards in Facebook. I went to Baraboo as a child in the 1960’s it was amazing. I don’t believe I’ve seen the museum.

Lyle Failes

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
Great place if you are a circus buff. Soon PETA will have soured all circuses from presenting good family entertainment. Come see this before they get their way. See how great the animals are treated. Circus World is now run by the state so expect to see better and better things. Restored Vintage circus wagons from all over world. A real circus bigtop show during the spring and summer. Vintage buildings once used by the Ringlings when their winter quarters was based here.

JoAnne Samuels

Saturday, March 10, 2018
This is where the greatest show man happend the first barnum and Bailey circus guys

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