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Circus World Museum


Ringlingville consists of the remaining buildings of the original wintering grounds of the Ringling Brothers Circus, a National Historic Landmark1. Buildings in Ringlingville include the Ring Barn, Elephant House, Animal House, Baggage Horse Barn, Winter Quarters Office, and Wardrobe Department. Tours of Ringlingville present information on the history of the Ringling Brothers Circus, as well as offering behind the scenes glimpses into the efforts taken by the circus while preparing for shows.

The Irvin Feld Exhibit Hall is the museum's largest building and houses exhibits on the history of the Ringling Brothers Circus, as well as other exhibits relating to general aspects of circuses and circus history.

The Hippodrome is a permanent big-top which houses the museum's daily circus and magic show performances.

The W.W. Deppe Wagon Pavilion houses a collection of fifty restored antique circus wagons.

The C.P. Fox Wagon Restoration Center is used by the museum to refurbish Circus Wagons and visitors to the building can view in wagon restorations that are in progress.

Great Circus Parade

The Great Circus Parade, which featured historic circus wagons from the Circus World Museum, was held in Milwaukee in 1963 and subsequently in various cities between 1985 and 2005, primarily Milwaukee (1985-2003) and Baraboo, Wisconsin (2004-2005). When held in Milwaukee, the parade entailed a two-day journey by train across Wisconsin, from Baraboo to Milwaukee, making brief stops at cities along the way. An encampment on Milwaukee's lake front allowed visitors to view the circus wagons up close, take elephant, camel, and zebra rides, and view historical circus artifacts. The parade itself took a three-mile route through downtown Milwaukee. Although the parade is presently not running, it is slated to return to Milwaukee in 2009.2

See also

  • Ringling Brothers
  • Circus


  1. ↑ NPS, National Historic Landmark. Retrieved January 13, 2009.
  2. ↑ Wisconsin Historical Society, "Great Circus Parade to Return to Milwaukee." Retrieved January 13, 2009.


  • Albrecht, Ernest J. The New American Circus. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1995. ISBN 9780813013640.
  • Bonheur, Rosa. Circus World Museum Poster Collection. 1841.
  • Circus World Museum (Baraboo, Wis.), and Charles Philip Fox. Horse Drawn Wagon Collection at the Circus World Museum. Baraboo, WI: Great Circus Parade, 1994.
  • Circus World Museum Film and Video Collection. 1906.
  • Fellows, Dexter William, and Andrew A. Freeman. This Way to the Big Show: The Life of Dexter Fellows. New York: Viking Press, 1936.
  • Croft-Cooke, Rupert, and Peter Cotes. Circus: A World History. New York: Macmillan Pub. Co, 1977.
  • Guernsey's (Firm). The Circus World Collection of Important Circus Artifacts and Carrousel Carvings: Encompassing the Collections of Charles Philip Fox, Robert Clarke, and William Donahue, Seventh Regiment Armory, New York City, February 16 & 17, 1985. New York, N.Y.: Guernsey's, 1985.
  • Museum of the City of New York. Circus Collection. 1821.
  • Ringling Museum of the Circus, and Mel Miller. Ringling Museum of the Circus; The Collection and Its Relation to the History of the Circus. 1963.
  • Speaight, George. A History of the Circus. London: Tantivy Press, 1980. ISBN 9780498024702.
  • Stoddart, Helen. Rings of Desire: Circus History and Representation. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000. ISBN 9780719052347.

External links

All links are retrieved February 22, 2017.