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This activity is made possible, in part, by Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. 

The Museum is open by appointment only, please contact Mary Kay Dunwoody (765) 469-5527 to schedule an appointment.

CIRCUS SPECIAL – “CLOWN ALLEY” – prints are available in our gift shop for only $10.  It would look great mounted and framed on a boardroom wall or in a child’s bedroom.

We regret there will not be any circus performance or animals at the Circus Hall of Fame this year. We are in the process of re-organizing, and are looking forward to next year’s circus season.

From July 15-22, 2017, Peru Circus Week, the Circus Hall of Fame Museum grounds will be open from 10 am-4 pm. Tours are available throughout the day. Pat Kelly will again be greeting our visitors this year.

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

There will be a special exhibit featuring the Two-Hemisphere Bandwagon, the world’s largest bandwagon ever built, weighing over 13,000 pounds.

Peru Circus City Festival is July 15-22nd and the BIG Circus Parade is Saturday, July 22 at 10 am.

Call 1-800-771-0241 or 1-765-472-7553

For the Young and Young at Heart!

Bring out the kid in you and share the Circus Magic as it spins laughter and thrills under the Big Top. Hold your breath as you watch the incredible feats of the aerial artists, jugglers, clowns and wild animal trainers. Give the kids an elephant ride, an experience that will last a lifetime.

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Home to “Circus Greats” Circus Museum – Colorful wagons, posters, and costumes, a 1934 Hagenbeck-Wallace Miniature Circus showing an old fashion street parade.

May all your days be circus days!

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Don’t miss out on all the Fun and Excitement! Make your reservations today! For more information, call the Circus Hall of Fame at (765) 472-7553, 1-800-771-0241 or EMAIL.

The Big Top Circus and Circus Hall of Fame Museum is located at 3076 East Circus Lane, Peru, IN 46970 which is 3 miles southeast off St. Rt.124

The Circus City Festival Parade commences at 10 am and is approximately 2 hours in length. Join the Circus City Festival and the Circus Hall of Fame for this colorful and exciting parade honoring the magical world of CIRCUS. Applaud the young performers of the internationally acclaimed Peru Youth Circus sponsored by the Circus City Festival.

Delight in the horse-drawn circus wagons provided by the Circus Hall of Fame complete with Steam Calliope. These wagons carry World Class stars who perform for the Circus Hall of Fame Big Top Circus. The wagons also carry exotic wild animals, followed by our elephants, proudly bringing up the rear. CHF also provides two Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey 1920s chain-driven Mack Trucks.


This is one parade you don’t want to miss!

For more information on the Circus City Festival held the third week of July, call Circus City Festival at (765) 472-3918. Be sure to ask for youth circus ticket information.

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For more information, call toll free 800-771-0241 or EMAIL

  • From Indianapolis … 69 miles
  • From South Bend … 70 miles
  • From Ft. Wayne ….. 60 miles
  • From Lafayette …… 50 miles

Old St. Rt. 124, 3 miles east of Peru, Indiana