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.


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.

Becky Whaley

Saturday, Sep. 9, 2017

Amazing museum filled with circus displays and restored circus wagons. The best part is the circus performances held twice daily May through August. The elephants, tigers, horses, clowns, and dare-devil acts are fantastic!!! Tip: purchase a WI State Historical Society annual membership to get into all of the interesting sites. Summertime they have food vendors or you can leave & reenter same day for lunch (or nap) break.

Susanne Duclon

Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018

Off season so much not available. Exhibits well worth the price of admission

Dana Derflinger

Saturday, Sep. 9, 2017

I didn't know what to expect but I'm so happy I went with my family. The history of the circus is very intriguing and and extensive. Not only is there multiple performances within but they teach you a lot about their longstanding trade. I would go again next summer.

Mickey Mouse

Monday, July 10, 2017

Great place to visit. Everyone was so friendly and lots to see for both young and old. Enjoyed the live acts and the many buildings and exhibits were very interesting. It's wonderful that the circus heritage is being protected for future generations to enjoy.