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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.


Todd Bruce

Monday, July 9, 2018
I have 6 kids and have been here twice. We have the Historical Society membership which makes this especially affordable. We love our experience here, it is small enough to not feel overwhelmed and can take our time going to the different shows and exhibits. We spent about 5 hours here and brought our own lunch and ate by the car. We also had Ice cream and cotton candy and it gave a fun food break. I would recommend getting there early so you don't miss some of the shows.


Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Wow. This is a must see place!!! My kids and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit here today. The circus show was so fun and had a good variety of acts. We loved how intimate the area is -- you get to be so close to all the live action. The parade wagons were awesome. We loved the museums and learning more about the history of the circus. Seriously, if you're considering visiting this place -- go! My kids are 11, 9, 4, and 2...we ALL had a great time! We spent five hours here. Make sure to bring cash for the concessions (popcorn and cotton candy!) so you can enjoy your treats during the shows. There's an ATM on site, but it's clear back where you purchase your admission tickets and you'll not want to walk back there get cash out. Thanks Circus World for entertaining us today.

andy wessels

Thursday, June 28, 2018
a national treasure and a hidden gem. great fun for the entire family no matter the age. Live shows and (at least when we went)--live tigers. It does sit on both sides of the river, and has some very scenic views. They do have shuttles (huge golf carts) to move around if you have problems walking. What they are doing is amazing and preserving live entertainment and the arts, the history and the sounds of the circus. Plenty of buildings to explore that contain history of entertainers who made their living in the circus. Also see many historic wagons, many which have been restored on site. easy 10-15 min drive from the Dells and about an hour to Madison.

Josephine Gordon

Friday, June 29, 2018
Had an amazing visit! Brings back memories 😀 Big Top performance was enjoyable ❤️ My 2 little ones laughed, clapped and we're amazed. The pony and elephant rides made them smile the most. Must say all the displays were very informative. What an amazing history all in one area. Glad we went!

Ruth Epping

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
We LOVED this place! I was excited to see the animals and how kindly they were treated, my in-laws loved the history, and all of us enjoyed watching the kids (they loved everything). From a big top performance, to a tiger show, to elephant rides, to the carousel - there is seriously something for everyone here. Great stop.

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