You’ll Laugh ‘Til It Hurts At The International Clown Hall of Fame in Wisconsin

Wisconsin has a long circus history as the home of the Ringling Brothers and of Barnum and Bailey Circus. The Great Circus Parade traveled the streets of Milwaukee for years, and Circus World Museum in Baraboo has been something of a circus mecca. Though the circus has gone through a transformation, the idea of wonder, laughter and joy has stayed the same.

An iconic part of the circus has always been the clowns. Meant to kill time between acts, these silly, wonderful characters have a long history of making folks laugh. From real life circus clowns to clowns on tv and movies dating back decades, there is a fascinating history of the role of the clown in our lives. First located in Delavan, which was the home of Barnum and Bailey Circus, the International Clown Hall of Fame is now in Baraboo and it’s a truly wonderful compendium of clown history. We know that it’s not for everyone – you folks can feel free to just keep scrolling so that those of us who are enamored with this important part of our childhood can have a bit of a nostalgic reverie.

The International Clown Hall of Fame and Research Center is located at 102 4th Ave., Baraboo, WI 53913. It is available to visit by appointment only from about September to May and then is open Monday through Saturday in the warmer months. Always make sure to check their schedule ahead of time to make sure they are open.

You can find out all about this amazingly cool Wisconsin museum on their website or by checking out Facebook.

There’s actually a ton of really awesome stuff to do in Baraboo, which is one of the coolest, most interesting cities in Wisconsin.