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Welcome to the International Circus Hall of Fame. We hope you can join us this summer, including the Circus City Festival parade to be held on Saturday July 22nd at 10am.

    The International Circus Hall of Fame is located on the old circus winter quarters in Peru, Indiana. These quarters are where circuses of the past wintered until they left in the spring for a new circus season.

    The Peru Winter Quarters is one of 42 National Historic Landmarks in the state of Indiana.  The activity that took place here influenced not only our state but our nation’s history.

    Circus Greats are enshrined in the museum joined by other exhibits.  These exhibits include colorful circus posters, wagons and models. One of the models is a miniature replica of the 1934 Hagenbeck Wallace Circus.  This model includes  one of the last great street parades and carried one of the  largest circus menageries. Currently, the largest Bandwagon ever built in America, the Two-Hemisphere Bandwagon, weighing over 13,000 pounds, is also on display in the museum.

    The 2017 International Summer Season opens on June 1, and closes on July 31.  The National Historical Landmark buildings and the Circus Museum grounds are open at 10 am and close at 4 pm, Tuesday thru Saturday.  We will be Closed on Sunday and Monday.   Guided Tours are available Tuesday and Friday beginning at 10 am— 12Noon and at 2:30—4:00 pm.

    The cost of Admission is $5.00 for adults and $2.50 for children ages 6-12.  Ages under 5 are FREE!  All military personnel are FREE with proper ID!

     Join us for the Peru Circus City Festival Parade downtown Peru on Saturday July 22nd at 10:00 am and see many of our wonderful Circus Hall of Fame wagons on parade.

    The museum will be open by appointment only in August and September.  Please contact Mary Kay Dunwoody (765) 469-5527 if you would like to schedule a tour of the museum.