Aug 24Daily Tour: Exploring Colonial Revival: Prentis and Stencil Houses
Aug 24Daily Tour: Full Steam Ahead
Aug 24Daily Tour: Highlights of In a New Light: French Impressionism Arrives in America
Aug 24Daily Tour: Highlights of Painting a Nation: American Art at Shelburne Museum
Aug 25Daily Tour: Exploring Colonial Revival: Prentis and Stencil Houses
Aug 25Daily Tour: Full Steam Ahead
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Circus Building is a fanciful horseshoe-shaped structure designed to showcase the hand-carved miniature Arnold Circus Parade, which stretches nearly the full length of the building’s 518 feet. At the entrance is another remarkable display: the intricate, 3,500-piece miniature three-ring Kirk Bros. Circus.
The building also exhibits carousel figures made by the renowned Gustav Dentzel Carousel Company.
An operating vintage carousel operates daily (weather permitting) just outside the Circus Building. Circus Building and the carousel are two of the most popular destinations at the Museum for families.
Completely renovated in 2008, the spruce and cedar building was conceived in the 1950s and completed in 1965. Huge boulders elevate the foundation and serve as the base for a rock garden, and a stone arch beneath the building provides a dramatic backdrop.