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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.

 

I would like to express my gratitude to the many people that pulled together to make our 17 day run at the Indiana State Fair a huge success. We had Board members from across this country as well as volunteers from near and far come to tell the people of Indiana about their rich Circus Heritage, our efforts to preserve some of that heritage and of course maintain our huge Gift Shop. Ladies and Gentlemen, Children of All Ages, You were amazing.
Thank you,
John Wright
CHOF Board President
 

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. 

    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.