Circus World

Located on the original winter quarters of the Ringling Bros. Circus, Circus World presents its annual performance season each summer, featuring a classic American circus performance, magic shows, KidsWorld Circus and much, much more. The historic site also includes: the Irvin Feld Exhibit Hall, featuring a variety of circus history exhibits; the W.W. Deppe Wagon Pavilion, housing the world's largest collection of circus wagons; the C.P. Fox Wagon Restoration Center; and the buildings of historic Ringlingville, a National Historical Landmark. The indoor facilities are open year round. Circus World's Robert L. Parkinson Library and Research Center is the world's largest and foremost facility for documenting and researching circus history (open year-round by appointment).

Hours of Operation

Spring Performance Season: March 23 - May 21, 2015: Open Weekdays 10am-4pm. Summer Performance Season: May 22 - June 14, 2015: Open Daily 9am-4pm, June 15 - August 30, 2015: Open Daily 9am-5pm. Fall Performance Season: Sept 1 - Oct 31, 2015 : Open Daily 10am-4pm. Closed during the off-season (the Robert L. Parkinson Library and Research Center is open year-round by appointment). During the performance season, six larger buildings are open, including the Irvin Feld Exhibit Hall and Visitor Center, the Ringling Bros. Ring Barn, the W.W. Deppe Wagon Pavilion, the C.P. Fox Wagon Restoration Center, the 1899 Animal House and the 1899 Elephant House.


Take Hwy 12 or Interstate 39/90/94 (use Lake Delton/Hwy 12 exit #92 or Portage/Hwy 33 exit #106). Signs lead to Circus World in Baraboo.


  • On Water
  • Disabled Access

History/Heritage Type

  • State Historic Site
  • Wisconsin History
  • Transportation Heritage

Museum/Gallery Type

  • Other

State Historic Sign Site

  • Yes