International Circus Hall of Fame

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Welcome to the International Circus Hall of Fame.  

Our Go Fund Me Page to help preserve the last remaining Circus Buildings in Indiana can be found here.

Cheerful Gardner practices one of his elephants in Peru, IN. in 1925

  The International Circus Hall of Fame is located in 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.  

    You can enjoy some great videos about the Circus Hall of Fame and the history of the Peru Circus Winter Quarters on our YouTube Channel at CHOF VIDEOS

    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 21st and got to see many of our wonderful Circus Hall of Fame wagons on parade.