When it was announced that "The Greatest Show on Earth” would no longer be, my heart crumbled at the thought that a childhood tradition would soon come to an end. How sad for future generations.
A three-hour visit to the Circus World Museum triggered some fond memories. As you approach the front doors, calliope music welcomes you into the world of lions, tigers and elephants. In the exhibit hall and visitor center are bigger than life posters and lithographs that wooed children and adults alike into the magical world of the big top. In the collection are views of people who were part of the sideshow acts. Discover how these outcasts of society found employment, worth and love through the circus.
Learn of the five Ringling Brothers who started a circus in Baraboo, WI, May 19, 1884 with a small tent, three horses, a hyena and a troupe of 21 people. You’ll gain insight into the life of each brother, their life’s apart and as a unit to make their circus the best the world would know.
At the W.W. Deppe Circus Wagon Pavilion, you will see an impressive array of beautiful circus wagons. In the C.P. Fox Wagon Restoration Center, you’ll view the Star Tableau wagon from Sir Robert Fossett, considered England’s oldest circus in the world.
Other barns on the property showcase the stories and costumes of the ringmaster, clowns and costumes of different acts of the day.
Admission during the spring and fall is under 10.00. Summer rates are under 20.00. A must see is the to scale circus big top display with movement of circus acts.
Overall: This was a great day trip that was worth the drive and time.
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