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Circus World

Opens in 20 min: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Motorcycle Trip

This was a really neat museum for all ages! I remember going as a kid to the circus, so this... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
1Macaw
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For children of all ages

I was so surprised when we found this gem. Followed the map to a very plain one-story building in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Susan N
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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...more
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550 Water St, Baraboo, WI 53913-2578
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was a really neat museum for all ages! I remember going as a kid to the circus, so this brought back lots of great memories. We went during the off season so although there was no circus performance, there was still a lot to...More

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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for visiting Circus World and your thoughtful review. Great to read that you had an enjoyable visit and appreciated the grandeur of the circus wagons. We have a lot of guests visit us on motorcycle trips and excursions. Love seeing them lined up...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

I was so surprised when we found this gem. Followed the map to a very plain one-story building in town. We went inside and thought we would spend a half hour or so reminicsing about the circus costumes and posters we remembered from childhood. We...More

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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting Circus World and your thoughtful review. Always pleased to read reviews of guests that visit for the first time and we exceed their expectations. We are indeed a large site with 7 buildings full of world class exhibits and live programming...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We were not sure what to expect but truly enjoyed the experience we had as time allowed. I would recommend doing the four movies before you walk as it will make what you see of much more interest. What a lot of history just in...More

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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your thoughtful review and visiting Circus World. Glad to read that you enjoyed and learned from the four movies that play on rotation all day long here at Circus World. You are correct that they provide an understanding of the history of...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a kid, my family took me to the circus every year. Visiting Circus World was nostalgic as it brought back so many of those childhood memories of silly clowns, daredevils, trapeze artists, jugglers, acrobats, etc. Well you get the idea. The whole museum is...More

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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting Circus World and your thoughtful review. I love your review title because here in Baraboo we are blessed that "the Circus is always in town". That magical day when the circus would come to town is celebrated daily here on the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A friend and I made a stop here as part of our vacation, and I am glad we did. This place showcases the history of the Ringling Brothers Circus, who grew up in this little town. The museum is full of historical artifacts from the...More

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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting and your thoughtful reviews. You are correct from our beautiful hometown of Baraboo with a population of just over 12 000, came this dynamic chapter of American cultural history called the circus. Many people are amazed to learn that Ringling Bros...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Ringling Brothers were from Baraboo. It is from here they launched their first circus and used Baraboo as their winter home. Many of their original buildings are still used to house their historic collection. The collection of circus wagons and posters is expansive and...More

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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. Glad to read that you enjoyed visiting the wagon and poster collection. Our carousel is going through ongoing restoration with our team of artisans working on horses and the facade. There is a lot of restoration to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent nearly an entire day at the museum and enjoyed every minute of ît. The circus performance was so excellent that we sat through two performances of it. The staff was very personable and very knowledgeable. This was an excellent museum and of interest...More

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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. So pleased to read that you found our staff knowledgeable. Most are life long circus performers or enthusiasts and are here because they love the artform and culture of the circus. Also a pleasure to read that...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been to Baraboo many times over the years, but typically are hiking at Devil's Lake etc, and never took time to stop here. But, since we on our way to Wisconsin Dells, with our granddaughter, we made sure to leave time for this...More

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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. How terrific to read that you visited from our amazing neighboring Devil's Lake State Park. Being located so closely we always hope guests get to spend sometime with us. So pleasing to read that our facility, its...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were here about 5 years ago, then again this year. Many new items to see and more for kids to do. The big cats show is awesome, and the little circus tent is now bigger and better. Still have elephants, and dancing pigs. Great...More

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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. We are pleased to read that you have noticed our growth as we always try to present grander experiences then your previous visit and always with a focus on the heart and soul of the people and...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is a Tiger show that was educational and good to see. They are truly magnificent animals. There is also a Big op show that was entertaining. They had a quick change artist and that was great to see live. There is also a comedy...More

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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. Great to read that you enjoyed our performance elements, performers and animals. They are passionate about what they do that represents years of practice and precision. We concur that the Circus Wagons up close are magnificent in...More

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Response from Tony T | Reviewed this property |
Elephant $10, pony $5, hog photo $5, carousel $3? None are necessary to enjoy the experience. But, you can get the whole hog's worth of your $5 photo with the giant pig - a small child can sit on it while the entire family... More
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Response from mspled | Reviewed this property |
Elephant rides were $10 a person for about a 5 minute ride. That was the only animal ride when we went.
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Stefanie K
7 July 2017|
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Response from prisonrn | Reviewed this property |
There were a couple of people using motorized chairs while we were there.
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