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Circus World

550 Water St, Baraboo, WI 53913-2578
+1 608-356-8341
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Ringling Brothers Beginning

Mostly a bunch of posters of the Ringling Brothers and other posters from shows long since gone by... read more

Reviewed yesterday
garyb202
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Richmond, Virginia
Circus World, not to be missed

Went on a rainy day in fall. Not busy - much of the outdoor exhibits are closed for the season... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Dancermom5
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Sussex, Wisconsin
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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 known. Although the Ringlings left in 1918, many of their original structures survived.During the summer months, Circus World comes to life with daily live shows and demonstrations. See the world’s largest collection of glorious parade wagons plus 7 authentic Ringling Bros. buildings filled with colorful, big top memories. Enjoy elephant, pony and carousel rides; cotton candy, ice cream, tasty sandwiches and our main lobby gift shop. Experience a live circus performance and entertaining Nothing But Nonsense show with Steve & Ryan. Experience the thrill that never grows old at Circus World!
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“big top” (108 reviews)
“magic show” (86 reviews)
“elephant ride” (19 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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550 Water St, Baraboo, WI 53913-2578
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+1 608-356-8341
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Reviewed yesterday

Mostly a bunch of posters of the Ringling Brothers and other posters from shows long since gone by. It is a museum that will not be around long since they (the circus) is no longer in business.

Thank garyb202
Reviewed yesterday

Went on a rainy day in fall. Not busy - much of the outdoor exhibits are closed for the season. Spent about 4 hours there and would have spent at least one day there if it had been a summer day. Lots to see, history,...More

Thank Dancermom5
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The worlds largest collection of restored circus wagons, a twice daily big top show under a spectacular canvas tent during the summer season and all the circus history you can absorb.

Thank Mike P
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are a circus fan, young or old, this is a must see spot. A family friendly museum that offers a great look into the circus world. Everyone who works here, loves the circus and providing as much insight as possible. While it sounds...More

Thank Trav4Work
Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. We happen to concur that our circus instrument show (Shake Rattle and Toot) is a typical highlight for our guests during our performance season (May 18 - September 2, 2018). We truly do love the circus, the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

it's been awhile since we have been here, but I remembered I had so much fun. The exhibits are colorful and interesting. Bringing back lots of memories of time at the circus when I young. You can spend 2-3 hours here easily. I enjoyed my...More

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

Syndi, Thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. Preserving the memories and telling the stories of the Circus are a vital part of our mission here. Over 100 circuses came from Wisconsin alone over the years. Circus truly is timeless and we are glad...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There is SO much to see here plan to spend a minimum of 2 hours. I just missed the live circus shows which was disappointing, but I still had a great time! There are so many buildings to go through I don't even remember how...More

1  Thank Jodi H
Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Jodi, thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. We encourage our guests to plan on 2-3 hours to explore during our non performance seasons and a full day when our live performances are taking place (Live performances start again May 18 - September 2,...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited in September so the daily circus performances were not taking place but the museum buildings and displays themselves are well worth the visit. The history of circus life, much of which originated in Wisconsin, was very interesting and provided details we weren't even...More

1  Thank Lee G
Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Lee, thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. We agree that no matter the time of year, our wagon restoration shop is a site to behold. The amazing artistry that our staff and volunteers achieve in restoring these amazing American artifacts is astounding. We...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Even if you're someone who's not particularly interested in the circus, this museum is so well put together and has so much information that you're bound to find out something that fascinates you. This place is HUGE and you should definitely give yourself some time...More

1  Thank Lynne F
Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Lynne, thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. At 60 plus acres, we are a large museum accommodating 7 National Historic Landmark buildings from the Ringling Bros. origins. Our currency is wonder so we happen to concur that there is something for everyone here....More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great deal with the end of season rates. No rides or shows but the rest was wonder. Hope that the museum can stay as we are losing a piece of historyMore

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

Linda, thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. We plan to last, educate and entertain for generations to come. While it is a loss with the closing of the touring units of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, 50 plus circus's are still criss-crossing...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've lived in Wisconsin over 60 years and had never been here. Glad we decided to finally check it out. You could spend hours just looking at all the circus history, but then to see all the beautiful old wagons is just wonderful. Haven't seen...More

1  Thank John W
Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

John, thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. We are proud to preserve and present the largest collection of circus artifacts in the world on our 64 acre site. Wisconsin was home to over 100 different circus's over the years and is an important...More

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LDC78
14 August 2017|
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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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Amanda M
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Response from Gail L | Reviewed this property |
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