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What began with less than an acre of land, six historic circus wagons plus a lot of grit, determination, and passion, has now become an internationally recognized and respected institution encompassing 64 acres, 30 permanent structures, seven winter quarters buildings along Water Street, plus the Ringling Bros. Circus Train shed complex, and over 260 spectacular wagons. Circus World truly is “Wisconsin’s National Treasure!”

Our Treasures

As other entertainment forms gained popularity, Circus World began documenting and collecting important treasures of the American Circus. From original Ringling Circus buildings to the smallest flea circus prop

Our Treasures will astonish!

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3 days ago
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Make your Spring and Summer plans to visit with us and be a kid again. Connect to the timeless traditions and stupendous heritage of the circus.

Save time upon your arrival and purchase your tickets in advance here: buy.acmeticketing.com/orders/514/calendar?cart=true&eventId=621f981ed751820835ea2d4c

(photo by Kayce Dervetski)
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Make your Spring and Summer plans to visit with us and be a kid again. Connect to the timeless traditions and stupendous heritage of the circus. 

Save time upon your arrival and purchase your tickets in advance here: https://buy.acmeticketing.com/orders/514/calendar?cart=true&eventId=621f981ed751820835ea2d4c

(photo by Kayce Dervetski)
5 days ago
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Join our team at Circus World!
Our Facilities Team is looking for seasonal help in Custodial Services. If you are interested in throwing your hat into the ring, please call Circus World at 608-356-8341, and ask for Bill.

(Photo Credit: Bill Johnsen)
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Join our team at Circus World!
Our Facilities Team is looking for seasonal help in Custodial Services.  If you are interested in throwing your hat into the ring, please call Circus World at 608-356-8341, and ask for Bill.

(Photo Credit: Bill Johnsen)

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If I lived in Baraboo this is where I'd be!

With the elephants on vacation the position isn’t as crappy as it used to be ….

When and where

me too or food service

5 days ago
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This view of our new circus ministry exhibit shows an image of a stained-glass window from St. Martha Catholic Church in Sarasota, Florida. The church dedicated the window to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in the early 1940s for helping to raise funds for a new church through benefit circus performances. The show used an image of the window on its 1943 Christmas card.

Be sure during your visit with us this year, to check out this new exhibit called "The Most Unique Congregation on Earth!".
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This view of our new circus ministry exhibit shows an image of a stained-glass window from St. Martha Catholic Church in Sarasota, Florida. The church dedicated the window to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in the early 1940s for helping to raise funds for a new church through benefit circus performances. The show used an image of the window on its 1943 Christmas card.

Be sure during your visit with us this year, to check out this new exhibit called The Most Unique Congregation on Earth!.Image attachment

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There is also a Stained Glass Window dedicated to/from the Ringlings at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Poy Sippi, Wisconsin...

My wife and I are part of this. Can't wait to see it! ( Although, I still don't think I'm old enough to be in a museum! 😃)

Can't wait to see it!!

Looks Spectacular!