Wisconsin is home to a treasure trove of circus history. Located in Baraboo, Circus World Museum includes several of the buildings used as winter quarters by the Ringling Brothers Circus. The grounds and original buildings in this section of the park, called “Ringlingville,” are a designated a U.S. Registered National Historic Landmark.
The W.W. Deppe Pavilion at Circus World Museum houses a priceless collection of over 50 antique horse-drawn circus wagons. These wagons were pulled into towns with bands and calliopes heralding the exciting news that “The circus is coming!” The arrival of the circus was one of the biggest events of the year in small-town America a hundred years ago and more.
The Antique Circus Wagons galleries showcase the visual splendor of this great American treasure. Come with me to Circus World Museum to see this incredible collection of American circus lore!