International Circus Hall of Fame

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Welcome to the International Circus Hall of Fame.


Tom Dunwoody is seen giving a guided tour of the Circus Hall of Fame.

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.

    We hope you were able to come out and enjoy the International Circus Hall of Fame this summer. We are currently working on some new displays for next year that should enhance your understanding of the old American Circus Corporation winter quarters. We are closed until next Spring. May All Your Days, Be Circus Days.

    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!

     We hope you enjoyed seeing the Peru Circus City Festival Parade downtown Peru on Saturday July 22nd at 10:00 am and saw many of our wonderful Circus Hall of Fame wagons on parade.