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Circus World

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Address: 550 Water St, Baraboo, WI 53913-2578
Phone Number: +1 608-356-8341
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Circus World in Baraboo is America's favorite circus attraction! Baraboo...

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 2 gift shops. Experience a live circus performance and exciting illusion shows with magician Tristan Crist. Experience the thrill that never grows old at Circus World!

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The wife and I had not been at CWM in over 10 years. What an experience. The museum is fantastic - allow at least 1 hours. We spent almost 2 hours touring and took lots of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Delmar M
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Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

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Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The wife and I had not been at CWM in over 10 years. What an experience. The museum is fantastic - allow at least 1 hours. We spent almost 2 hours touring and took lots of photos of the scaled display of circus events. Every where you look was something good. Lots of details. We love the display of circus... More 

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Elk Mound
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

My husband and I visited here on a Wednesday in October. It was nice because it wasn't very crowded (kids were in school- so no families there) and so we were able to take our time at the exhibits. The circus wagons were beautiful and nice to see them being restored. Very interesting history and we didn't realize Wisconsin had... More 

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Monticello, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Our usual trip got rained out due to many roads being closed that we usually would go on. So we decided to be tourists and check out Circus World. Even though it was off season they still had a number of buildings open and it was a nice relaxed way to kill a few hours.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

It was October and all the entertainment was closed for the year, but it was still very interesting. Managed to spend 3 hours going through all the buildings that were open. So thankful they have saved, preserved and restored so much memorabilia. The wagons were magnificent. Had been to the mansion in Sarasota years sgo, but the museum had been... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

This was so much more than we thought it would be. There are many buildings set along side the Baraboo River. Charming. Fascinating history and outstanding collections. A must see. We took more than 2 1/2 hours and at this time of the year not all of the buildings were open. Still more than worth the price of admission which... More 

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

If you are afraid of clowns this is not a museum for you. We have been to the Ringling Brothers Museum in Sarasota Florida. This museum is more about the circus world than about PT Barnum Bailies Circus. It follows the history of the Circus in the United States. Emphasis is on Ringling Brother/Barnum Bailey Circus, but includes a lot... More 

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South Hero, Vermont
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Its a 10 acre plot of buildings and an outdoor section that had wagons from the time when the Circus pulled into town. It was easy to see how the imagination ran wild with excitement with the expectation of what fantastic and scary things the circus would bring. The museum showed you the crude and unpleasant aspects of the circus... More 

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Thank colettacg
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Visited with the kids and was blown away with the history and beauty of the circus wagons and the craftsmanship. The kids enjoyed the circus performance and it was just really neat.

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Thank Ruth B
New Lisbon, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This is a place all ages will enjoy. There is a variety of circus acts and elephants and camel rides. Their circus wagons are exceptional to see. Spending and entire day is almost required to take in everything.

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Thank Mark J
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Not a big circus person myself but when we found out it was the last show, we went. It was very sweet and it was obvious it was a family run show. The animals were all very well cared for, especially the elephants who were enjoying bathing afterwards. The grounds are interesting with train cars around. It is on the... More 

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