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Circus World Museum Baraboo

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Circus World Museum
550 Water St
Baraboo
WI
53913
Tel: 608-356-8341

Where are we going today?

Roll up...roll up...there's a circus in town! Not only is there a REAL active circus - but a museum that you can explore all things circus related too!

Circus World Baraboo is perhaps the LARGEST collection of circus artifacts in the entire world! There are fun, interesting and historic artifacts that let you explore all sides of the circus. There are many stories to be told!

If you have ever been to a circus, you will know what fun and excitement there is to enjoy there. But what about all those years ago when the circus began? How different do you think it might be to the one's you experience today?

Circus World Baraboo has over 210 original vehicles and wagons that were once owned and used by circuses from Ireland, England and of course America.

There are some pretty cool posters and ads that you can look at, that used to promote the circuses coming to town. Have a good look at the artwork used on them! You might need some time if you plan on looking at them all - there are over 9,500 after all! 

Make sure you check out the 9 Foot high poster - pretty crazy!

As well as these fun artifacts, the Circus World Baraboo also has thousands of manuscripts, journals and business records that are on display, as well as rare photographs and negatives that will really give the whole family insight into the history of the circus. 

Once you have checked out the museum, check out the actual Big Top Show too! Elephants and camels will entertain, and aerialists will amaze! There are magic shows to be marvelled by, and even a fun Kids World Interactive Circus where those little entertainers can actually play a part in the production!

Circus fun, entertainment and history at Circus World Baraboo - are you ready to be the ringmaster?! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$9.95 - $19.95 (Over 12)
  • Children$4.95 - $9.95 (5 to 11)
  • Free Under: 5 years
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

9am - 4pm/5pm during summer. Weekends 10am - 4pm fall/spring.

March to October

Teachers corner

They have school rates during show season where the students can enjoy their historic (and fun!) day out! .

I'm Hungry!

The Cookhouse Grill is a fun place to eat during your visit - you can't have fun on an empty stomach! .

Healthy Eating!

There are plenty of restaurants in the area that offer you healthy options! .

Any Top Tips?

Make sure you check out the fun events of the day before you begin so you can plan around what you want to see and experience!.

Doing our bit

They LOVE to entertain, and have made the circus visit that more interesting with the museum, the events and the show itself. .

Need a little extra help?

There is handicap parking on Water Street, and all but one historic building is wheel chair accessible. .

More information

The prices and hours change across the month, so double check before you go .

What people are saying?

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    My fiance and I are in college and went here expecting it to be fun for all ages. It was very kid-oriented and we were pretty disappointed, especially for the money. The illusionist was very amateur and messed up his simple tricks a lot. The "big top circus" was tiny and pretty disappointing too, other than the rinny family. They were amazing and really talented. The short dog show was ok too. There are barely any animals here and the ones that are live under poor conditions. The food was good and decently priced.

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    Very disappointing. The outside area was very small, neglected, and looked abandoned. Price of admission was extremely high considering the lack of attractions. Also noticed a lack of staff. The indoor parts of the museum were clean, fairly interesting, and well organized.

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    We drive a few hours almost every summer to visit. A family tradition. So much to see and do for the price. Very clean and kid friendly! Going angain today-GREAT family entertainment.

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    Spent hours here with the kids enjoying ourselves. Very kid friendly. They put on several circus shows during the day. Carousel to ride. Elephant rides around lunch. Magic show. The Circus wagons were amazing to look at. We all really enjoyed ourselves. Clean grounds and facilities. One negative, "no carry ins". Best of all, free entrance for Active Duty military families as part of the Blue Star museums.

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    It was fun and clean. I just wished they had more exhibits. For the price I expected more.

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by Ricky Sullivan

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My fiance and I are in college and went here expecting it to be fun for all ages. It was very kid-oriented and we were pretty disappointed, especially for the money. The illusionist was very amateur and messed up his simple tricks a lot. The "big top circus" was tiny and pretty disappointing too, other than the rinny family. They were amazing and really talented. The short dog show was ok too. There are barely any animals here and the ones that are live under poor conditions. The food was good and decently priced.

It was a much smaller area than we expected and it looked like a ghost town, completely deserted. If you are looking for a real circus experience, look elsewhere if possible. I would have been happy with a good museum or a good circus performance but they put very little effort into both unfortunately.

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