International Circus Hall of Fame

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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.

We are one of 55 National Historic Landmarks in the State of Indiana.

The “Circus Greats” enshrined in the Circus Hall of Fame, along with the colorful posters, wagons, models, and exhibits, bring the circus to life.

Also on exhibit is a miniature replica of the 1934 Hagenbeck Wallace Circus, complete with all the animals, performers, and even the Circus parade!

The summer season will kick off in June as we will be open every Tuesday and Friday beginning at 10:30 am for your viewing pleasure. Guided tours will be available at these times. We will be open June through August. During Circus Week of July 15th through July 22nd, we will be open everyday with resident funster Pat Kelly on the grounds.

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

Please contact Mary Kay Dunwoody (765) 469-5527 if you would like to visit the Circus Hall of Fame on any other dates.

Currently, the largest Bandwagon ever built in America, the  Two-Hemisphere Bandwagon, weighing over 13,000 pounds, is on display in the Wagon Shop building.

Peru Circus City Festival will be July 15th through the 22nd, 2017.

Project / Restoration / Progress Update


The former Robbins Bros. Circus baggage wagon is in need of three wheels being worked on. One wheel has the iron rim falling off while two other have serious decay in the wooden structures.

An Amish wheelwright in Berlin, Indiana has quoted us a price of $1403.80 to repair the three wheels. A flyer was released on Social media outlets recently that tells of the request for donors to help defray the costs for repairs.

With the wagon being over seventy years old, the weight of the wagon is really causing problems on the faltering wheels.

Rear wheel

As funds have already started to be donated, an anonymous donor has agreed to match up to the first $500.00 raised. Any contribution is welcomed, be it a single dollar to a year end taxable deduction.

If you can help us with this project, please send your donation to the:

Robbins Wheel Fund
International Circus Hall of Fame
3076 East Circus Lane
Peru, Indiana 46970


We are pleased to let you know that on March 12th, 2017, these three wheels were removed and taken to the wheelwright for the needed repairs. We are looking forward to the repairs and return of the wheels that will enable us to offer this wagon in this years’ Circus City Festival parade on July 22nd. Any donations you can offer are greatly appreciated in helping with this and / or other restoration projects.