Circus World

Circus World, Baraboo: Hours, Address, Circus World Reviews: 4.5/5

Circus World
4.5
Speciality Museums
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 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!
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Linda L
Springfield, IL46 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
Great visit today! Wonderful exhibits! More than you can imagine for half a day visit! Wonderful circus wagons, costumes, history and more! Leaned about circus life! Saw the restoration area too! Highly recommend! All employees that we encountered were exceptional! Go! You will learn and enjoy!
Written September 22, 2021
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Thank you for visiting and sharing that experience here. Thrilled to read that you found our staff exceptional. Each has so much passion for the art form of circus and its timeless heritage and traditions. Pleased that you enjoyed all of the exhibits which we concur could easily take a half a day to experience and enjoy. We hope that your future travel plans will allow for a return visit.
Written October 4, 2021
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Andy3838
Sarver, PA420 contributions
Jul 2021
This was a great activity for our family. Our daughter had never been to the circus before and it had been years since we had been to one but as soon as we got there it brought back childhood memories. It was so nice to revisit the history of something that people have enjoyed for so long.

We started off by watching Mr Bill the clown get ready for his performance. He did a good job of talking about clowns and their history. It was maybe a little long for children to sit through but still interesting. Then we went to the main show. I was very impressed with the quality of the performances. All of the performers were very skilled and it was a nice variety of skills. Our whole family really enjoyed this. After the show our child got to ride on the elephant. This was a cool experience for her that she'll remember.

We were a little pressed for time so I had to go through the exhibits a little faster than I would have liked to but there was so much history to see and I'm glad they are making the effort to save it.

This is a very unique place that probably creates a sense of nostalgia for many older people and new memories for young children. It's definitely something I would come to see.
Written September 7, 2021
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Thank you for visiting and sharing time with us. So pleased to read that your entire family rekindled memories from the past while creating new memories during your visit. Glad that you enjoyed you Mr. Bill's presentation (the timing follows the amount of time required to apply his greasepaint makeup). Indeed we do have seven buildings filled with stupendous exhibits on the vibrant history and the people that made the circus "The Greatest Show on Earth". We hope that your future travel plans allow for a return visit with us!
Written October 4, 2021
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SMSChicago
Chicago121 contributions
Aug 2021
Oh my, circus tent performance, clown Mr Bill, ringmaster, winter quarters buildings to experience, temporary tattoo, railroad cars, carousel, gift shop, so much to see and take in, elephants, miniature horses. Loved, loved, loved this place.
Written September 3, 2021
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Thank you for visiting and sharing of your experience with us here. So pleased to read that you enjoyed your visit and all of the performance elements. We hope that your future travel plans will allow for a return visit with us.
Written October 4, 2021
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Bruce014
Near Chicago, Illinois113 contributions
Aug 2021
We brought our grandson here in August 2021. Had not visited for 30 years. Much nicer facilities. Excellent circus wagons and posters exhibits. Grandson enjoyed the Big Top performance and earlier clown talk. A must-see if you are in the area.
Written August 29, 2021
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Thanks so much for visiting with us and sharing your review. Pleased to read that you noticed improvements since your last visit 30 years ago (we also hope you return sooner). Glad you enjoyed our big top circus, the wagons and amazing lithographic posters. We hope to see you and your family back with us again in the future!
Written August 31, 2021
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GiseppeGord
731 contributions
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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HonestTee2
Missouri247 contributions
Aug 2021
Sooooooo much better than the last time we visited. Great small circus with very talented entertainers. We would go to again.
Written August 17, 2021
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Thank you for visiting and sharing of your experience with us. Glad that you enjoyed our live entertainment offered each summer during our performance season. Also pleased to read that you would visit with us again! We look forward to having you and your family back with us again in the future.
Written August 29, 2021
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Bellewulf
5 contributions
Aug 2021
such an amazing historical place. the employees love the circus. there are so many artifacts and exhibits - the circus wagons - the tours are wonderful but self touring works too since there is so much information available ... a great way to spend a day. The big top show was wonderful - the animals are all so well taken care of.... There is a carousel - playground too.
Written August 13, 2021
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Thank you for visiting and sharing your experience. Glad to read that you enjoyed the diversity of offerings presented to our guests from the collections, to the performances to our beloved animals that join us each summer. Also appreciate you calling out our terrific 1917 carousel that provides an authentic classic carousel experience for all who climb aboard. We truly hope to welcome you all back here in the future.
Written August 29, 2021
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carouselqueen
Isabella County, MI66 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
One of my favorite things that I’ve ever done! It was so cool to see all of the old circus wagons! I especially loved the circus even though bad weather cut it short. I will remember this trip forever!
Written August 12, 2021
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Thank you for visiting and sharing of your experience with us. So pleased to read that your visit was a favorite thing and sorry that inclement weather shortened the circus performance the day you visited. We are always respectful of weather and keeping our guests safe. We truly hope future travel plans will afford a return visit with us.
Written August 29, 2021
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Kevin A
Park City, IL1,111 contributions
Jul 2021
When I went there with my friend and I had a good time and there was the big top show that I liked and which was pretty good and I liked some of the exhibits and there's some history behind it and it was very interesting and informative.
Written August 3, 2021
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Thank you for visiting and sharing of your experience with us. Glad you enjoyed our big top performance and the exhibits across our 64 acres and seven buildings telling the timeless stories and history of the American circus. We hope that you will considering joining us again during future travels.
Written August 29, 2021
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Mary S
1 contribution
Jul 2021 • Couples
The circus performance itself was delightful, but the exhibits were also excellent, and the music that was almost everywhere helped set the circus era mood.
Written July 25, 2021
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Thank you for visiting and sharing of your experience. Glad to read that you enjoyed our big top performance complete with the biggest stars and beloved family members the elephants. Also appreciate that you enjoyed the atmospheric classic circus music. We hope that future travel plans will allow for a return visit with us.
Written August 29, 2021
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