Circus World
Circus World
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Circus World in Baraboo is America's favorite circus attraction! Baraboo was home to The Ringling Bros. Circus from 1884 thru 1918, and during those thirty-four years the operation grew to become the largest circus enterprise the world has ever known. Although the Ringlings left in 1918, many of their original structures survived.During the summer months, see the world’s largest collection of glorious parade wagons plus 7 authentic Ringling Bros. buildings filled with colorful, big top memories. Experience the thrill that never grows old at Circus World!Circus World Museum is closed for the winter months and will resume visitation and tours beginning March 21, 2022. Live circus performances under the Big Top tent will occur twice daily from May 20 - August 28, 2022. Watch our website and social media pages for updates throughout the spring for our 2022 summer performance offerings. We’ll see you down the road and “May all your days be circus days!
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Patricia C
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Thrill To See
    My husband and I visited this museum las week during our stay in Baraboo, WI. Without a doubt, one of the best treasures in the city. Nicely laid out, everything was well marked with information, and the circus wagons were a work of art. I would definitely go again if I am ever in the area.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 22, 2023
  • T R
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you are into circus history...this is the place!
    Knew about this place, first time there. Very nicely done museum, I didn't know it was 5 brothers that really ran the business and were part of the acts at different times early on in their history of ownership. I was aware this town was their summer headquarters and they would winter in Sarasota, FL. The wagon buildings were loaded with historic wagons of different types, nicely preserved! This is the last year to see and ride elephant if you want to be part of that history. The trainer is retiring and the elephants will retire to Oklahoma as well. They are so connected to the circus won't be quite the same. Check it out when you are in the area! Free parking along the street and handicap accessible!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 11, 2023
  • kghudson
    Houston, Texas462 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Great Experience
    Spent half a day here with 8 year-old grandson and had a blast. Kids shows were neat, the tour of the circus cars was cool for the adults and the circus performances were fun for all! A perfect day spent in June - coolish and no humidity. Lots to see and do and could definitely spend most of a day here. Relaxing and enjoyable and a neat thing to do if in the area!!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 11, 2023
  • Kate Illinois1
    Illinois4,722 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun for all ages
    Affordable for a day of fun. Start in the museum and orginal buildings then we walked across the bridge to additional museum buildings. There is face painting, carousel, elephant rides and the circus in the big tent. We enjoyed the show in the big tent. There is a concession stand on site. Look forward to bringing the grandkids next time.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 13, 2023
  • dsj019
    Carrollton, Ohio31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a treasure!
    This was a completely unexpected stop on our road trip! This truly does not get enough advertising! What a treasure. Was not expecting all that came with our admission. We enjoyed a show under the big top on our visit! Enjoyed and would highly recommend! Also, veterans get in free!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 2, 2023
  • Deborah H
    Green Bay, Wisconsin146 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    History and artistry at Circus World
    The wagon barns were amazing. Such history and artistry in each wagon. The circus performance was excellent albeit a bit too long for us. Very skilled and talented performers. We had been to the Baraboo area many times, yet we never took the time to visit Circus World. So very glad we finally stopped.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Barry G
    Glendive, Montana271 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Returned After 41 Year
    Returned to Circus World to see how it looked 41 years later after visiting it during our honeymoon. And there's been a lot of changes to say the least. This and the city of Baraboo is definitely a location to take the family. It's open from 9am to 4pm and one would want to arrive at the start of the day. There are 6 shows. One show starts at 11am and repeats at 2:30pm. If you want to take in the shows as well as view all of the exhibits, you're going to need to return a 2nd day. Otherwise, pick and choose the items you find most interesting for one day on site. For those that want to take in the circus history at Baraboo, definitely take two days to see what Circus World and the City of Baraboo have to offer.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Nama5
    52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice day, everyone extremely kind and helpful to visitors!
    The grounds are expansive, many decorative circus wagons and such to see, which we did on a prior visit. Today, we went to see the enjoyable Music Review, Motorcycle High Wire Act and circus onsite. Our 3 year old loved it all. He was happy, observant, and speechless to see the Asian Elephants. Unfortunately, this is the last year of Asian Elephants and elephant rides at the circus here in Baraboo. The circus had tame, trained species of animals, an acrobat, an exceedingly strong young man performing fetes of strength, a juggler with an expansive repertoire, just to name a few of the many performers. The downside of our visit is the ice cream vender is not there anymore. There appears to be one snack bar with meal items, snacks and liquids. One vending machines was out of service. But, it was a beautiful day out of doors and everyone enjoyed it, even our 3 year old.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 21, 2023
  • GarynAmy
    Daytona Beach Area, Florida42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    GREAT time/INCREDIBLE value
    We bought "Season Passes" and visited Circus World several times during our trip to the Wisconsin Dells. During peak season they feature a wonderful circus performance under a big top. They have the largest collection of beautifully restored original Ringling Circus wagons in multiple buildings on the grounds. There are other entertainments on grounds as well as circus style food, snacks and treats. They even had horse drawn circus wagons....again we understand that to be seasonal. The cost is low - probably the greatest entertainment VALUE we've ever seen! Families, children, and adults interested in history?? This is a MUST SEE!
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 24, 2023
  • Ed D
    Peachtree City, Georgia675 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Circus Wagon Hall is a Must See
    The museum is quite impressive, and the circus wagon hall is worth the price of admission alone. Plan on seeing the circus performance; it lasts an hour. My wife visited the Circus World Museum seven years ago and said it was much livelier, with more animals and performers. This was the last season for the two elephants left. Thanks to PETA, “children of all ages” have lost the opportunity to see a circus with large animals.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 29, 2023
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greatauntie27
Prior Lake, MN58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
June 28, 2021
My 10 and 16 year old nieces had a great time. The circus show was their favorite. We went to the morning and afternoon shows, knowing that the afternoon performance was a repeat of the morning show.
The grounds are clean and well maintained. Staff was courteous and helpful.

The food was tasty, but we wish there were some healthier options, especially since we couldn’t bring in food or leave for lunch and then return.
Written June 30, 2021
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Thank you for visiting and sharing of your time with us. Pleased to read that your family enjoyed our live performance elements, found our staff courteous and helpful and our grounds clean. Those are all important elements that we strive to provide our guests each and everyday. Glad you found the food tasty and we always review our menu offerings for a diversity of experience. We hope that you will consider visiting with us again during future travels.
Written August 29, 2021
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rkh32018
83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We went to Circus Museum only expecting to stay 2 or so hours and ended up staying from 10:30 to closing. During the summer there is so much to do. Besides exploring the inside of the entrance building and reading all about the various circuses, looking at the posters and costumes displayed, there are many other buildings and shows to experience. Our 1st was the Big Top show. I really didn't expect much so was surprised how good it was. They had about 5 or 6 different acts and except for the clown (I'm not a big fan of any), the other acts were very entertaining. Later we went to the Wagon tour which was 20 minutes and excellent (I wish it was longer), then to a fun show where unusual musical instruments were played. Our last show was the aireal show outside. There was a carousel, a chance to ride an elephant and original winter buildings used by the circus to explore. This was so much better than anticipated. If I ever have grandchildren, I will be back.
Written August 18, 2022
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Ed D
Peachtree City, GA675 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
The museum is quite impressive, and the circus wagon hall is worth the price of admission alone. Plan on seeing the circus performance; it lasts an hour. My wife visited the Circus World Museum seven years ago and said it was much livelier, with more animals and performers. This was the last season for the two elephants left. Thanks to PETA, “children of all ages” have lost the opportunity to see a circus with large animals.
Written September 29, 2023
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GarynAmy
Daytona Beach Area, FL42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
We bought "Season Passes" and visited Circus World several times during our trip to the Wisconsin Dells. During peak season they feature a wonderful circus performance under a big top. They have the largest collection of beautifully restored original Ringling Circus wagons in multiple buildings on the grounds. There are other entertainments on grounds as well as circus style food, snacks and treats. They even had horse drawn circus wagons....again we understand that to be seasonal. The cost is low - probably the greatest entertainment VALUE we've ever seen! Families, children, and adults interested in history?? This is a MUST SEE!
Written August 24, 2023
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Mimi T
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
First time here and it was not crowded at all!!! It was so nice to sit front and center and actually “SEE” the show!!! We’re visiting from Chicago and that never happens back home as it’s an over populated city and everywhere you go is over crowded. Therefore this show was a refreshing experience. We will most definitely be back!!
Written May 27, 2022
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Dulcie S
13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We were a little surprised at how much fun we had at the Circus World Museum. We're a middle aged couple and just sort of went because we were in Circus City USA, but it was really interesting. We enjoyed the performances, they were top notch for such a small venue, and there was plenty of time to both go to the performances and also see all the memorabilia.
Written August 20, 2022
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GiseppeGord
814 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Museum provides an excellent historical perspective. The circus wagon building hosts a majority of all wagons still existing in the world. Entertainment in the Hippodrome at various times during the day. A visit is well worth the effort if you are in the area.
Written August 25, 2021
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Thank you for visiting and sharing your review of time spent with us! Glad to read that you enjoy the majesty and amazing history held within our wagon collection. You are correct that it is the largest in the world of remaining circus wagons. They are stupendous pieces of rolling American folk art. We hope your future travel plans will afford a return visit with us.
Written August 29, 2021
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_drbecker123
Pewaukee, WI10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
CW offers wholesome, old fashioned family fun at an affordable price. We enjoyed the main show, music show and outdoor trapeze artist show. The museum and circus wagon displays were interesting. The grounds were clean and inviting.
Written August 26, 2022
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Darcy G
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
It was OK. My husband and I enjoyed it, but our 4 year old was mostly bored (she did enjoy the circus. We didn't get to look at most of the museum, because our 4 year old was bored.
Also, the acrobat show got canceled because of the rain. I'm glad they put the performer's safety first, but had we known ahead of time we may have chosen a different day.
The parking lot was quite a walk, and there was minimal street parking.

It is an interesting place, but not something I'd recommend for kids
Written August 26, 2022
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Jim L
Crystal Lake, IL29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
We took our 5 sons to Circus World 25 years ago. We took our 9 & 11 year old grandchildren last week. We all had a great time. The Big Top show was excellent with acrobats, clown, trapeze and elephants! The circus musical instruments demonstration was very good as was the outdoor trapeze show. The circus wagons were beautiful with intricate carvings. A hot dog and burger lunch was reasonably priced. We spent 5 hours there. We’d highlight recommend Circus World to all ages!
Written August 3, 2022
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