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  • Right This Way to the Circus Museum

    Discover the history of the American circus through special exhibitions, displays and interactive galleries.

  • Awaken the Wonder

    With over 44,000-pieces, the Howard Bros. Circus Model recreates the experience that’s entertained children of all ages for more than 200 years.

  • Side Show Ballyhoo

    The bearded woman, the birdlady and the human pincushion are all part of the must-be-seen-to-be believed sideshow exhibition.

  • Be Part of the Show

    Don’t run away to the circus. The interactive galleries bring the circus to life by making children of all ages part of the big show.

  • The Wisconsin

    Like other titans of his times, John Ringling had his own luxurious private railroad car in which he traveled the country. See it here.

  • Along the Midway

    The costumes, the clowns, the posters, the props, the wagons, all come alive to take you away to the Big Top.

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Circus Museum

Walk the wire. Squeeze into a clown car. Snap photos with a ferocious (faux) tiger. Thrill to it all: the parade wagons, the posters, the glittering costumes, and the cannon that shot daring performers through the air. Wonder at the must-be-seen-to-be-believed 44,000-piece Howard Bros. Circus Model and the Greatest Show on Earth Mural celebrating the entertainment that has delighted packed houses in great cities and small towns across America for generations. Step right this way…

The Ringling Archives are located in the Circus Museum's Tibbals Learning Center. The Archives includes the Ringling Collection, John Ringling's Papers and the Circus Collection. The Circus Collection contains records, manuscripts and papers of the American circus.

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