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“a Wisconsin historic site”
The Ringling Bros. Circus was founded in Baraboo, WI, in 1884 by five brothers: Al, Otto, Charles, John and Alf T. Ringling. Ringlingville was the name for the original Ringling Bros. Circus winter quarters in Baraboo. The buildings, standing along the north bank of the Baraboo River, date from 1897 through 1918 and are the largest surviving group of original circus structures in North America. There are also remains of a footbridge which employees took to cross the river in the winter. The world-famous circus wintered in Baraboo for 34 years until 1918, the year before it merged with the Barnum & Bailey Show (which the Ringlings purchased in 1907) to become the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows.
We were visiting from out of town on a road trip and Kim at the front desk refused to let us run through because it was 15 minutes before they closed. We begged her to let us just run through real... Read more
Definitely worth taking a few littles here. The prices for extras are good and won't break the bank ($1 carousel ride, $10 elephant ride). The circus performance is included with your admission... Read more
That was a stop well worth it. Plan over 2 hours even if you're not the type to read most the signs and even with a few things closed. It was really quite neat. Read more
Circus World Museum
- Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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