"It was wonderful!"
A really fascinating place! One of the only places in the world where you can see the facilities where the animals were kept, the range of circus organs and wagons is so big, and the posters are comprehensive and riveting.
"Can't wait to come back!"
Who would have guessed that Baraboo played such a significant role in the history of the circus in the US? The history shared here was fascinating - this is the place where the Ringling Brothers started their circus in 1884, and they wintered here until 1918.
"Great time for the Kids!"
There are several attractions at Circus World. They have a beautiful newer building where they are restoring many old Circus Wagons from all over the world. If you are up for a walk there are old barns - one is full of costumes.
"Preservation of American History!"
This is an important part of American History - the travelling circuses. For children, it is an eye-opening experience that they cannot get in a classroom. For adults, it is a look back at times before computer games and Smartphones.
We went in Sept after the kids were back to school but still had a wonderful time. This is a really stunning exhibit. The various buildings were really interesting, particularly the costume building. The antique wagons were stunning as was the restoration building. Highly recommended.
Fun must see priced right. Make sure you see the big top show
Circus World combines both the historical and entertaining aspects of the Ringling Brothers circus. At the entrance of Circus World is a museum chronicling the history of the Ringling family and the circus itself. There are original circus posters and props displayed. Other nearby buildings display original circus wagons, costumes, and other memorabilia.
One of the best things about Circus World is the live show under the Big Top Tent!! The one hour show consists of jugglers, clowns, horses, elephants, dogs, and areialists. Another building has a magic show. Also, there are elephant and pony rides for an additional fee.
Circus World is extremely entertaining and educational. My family and I spent the entire day there. It costs about $20 for an adult and it is well worth it.
Visited June 2014
"Historical Mecca for Circus Buffs"
This is why we came to Wisconsin! We arrived from Florida (now the winter home of the circus) to see the original location and learn more about the history and production logistics of "The Greatest Show on Earth". I am a retired event production specialist and find all this amazing. The marketing posters, flyers and memorabilia were in good condition and well displayed in the Feld building . We thoroughly enjoyed the circus instrument concert and both the wagon restoration tour, and the animal barn tours.
We stayed most of the day, and with a hand stamp we were able to leave and go out for lunch and return for afternoon activities. The gift shop features a nice selection of books and poster reproductions along with other souvenirs. There is a large archives for the true scholars. This place is a circus treasure trove.
Visited July 2014