French Lick, Indiana: Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus Diorama

Sprawling 1,000-square-foot miniature replica of the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus. Has nearly 6,000 itty-bitty people and animals. It took 40 years to build.

French Lick West Baden Museum

Address:
469 S Maple St #103, French Lick, IN
Directions:
French Lick West Baden Museum. East of Wells Ave./56 at corner of College Ave. and N Maple St.
Hours:
M-Sa 10-4 (Call to verify)
Phone:
812-936-3592
Admission:
Adults $8.
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Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus Diorama

In the French Lick-West Baden museum, this 1,100 square foot model depicts three circus scenes from the 1920s: the circus arriving by rail, the circus parade, and finally the circus itself. It includes 5,700 human and animal figures and took 40 years to complete.

[Hcshannon, 12/05/2014]

Tents, rail cars, clown alley, side show -- the circus diorama was the project of Peter Gorman (and about 20 volunteers over the years).

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