International Circus Hall of Fame
The International Circus Hall of Fame is a Museum filled with circus artifacts, costumes, circus posters, Heralds, Photographs and films, route cards and route books and numerous old circus wagons. All of this is found inside five of the original circus winter quarters buildings built by the American Circus Corporation in 1922. They are all designated as National Historic Landmarks.
The Peru Circus winter quarters began on this property in 1892, when Ben Wallace bought this land from Chief Gabriel Godfroy of the Miami Indian tribe. He used this location for his circus business until his death in 1921. The newly formed American Circus Corporation bought this land from the Wallace Estate in late 1921 and started building the buildings that are here now in 1922.
The International Circus Hall of Fame is also the home of the Circus Model Builder’s Museum and the Circus Model Builder’s Hall of Fame. These finely crafted works of classic Americana are built in varying sizes or scale, built out of assorted materials including metals, woods and plastic with little more to go than a couple of photographs or the use of the builder’s imaginations.
International Circus Hall of Fame, 3076 E. Circus Lane, Peru, IN. 46970
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