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International Clown Hall of Fame and Research Center – Baraboo, Wisconsin


The International Clown Hall of Fame and Research Center preserves the rich history of the often underappreciated art of clowning and pays homage to some of pop culture’s most recognized clown performers.

Clowns have been the source of hijinx for centuries. From jesters and harlequins to circus clowns and movie buffoons, clowns have performed their distinctive form of physical comedy for audiences around the world. The International Clown Hall of Fame and Research Center (ICHOF) celebrates clown culture and works to preserve the history of clowning and its performers. Visitors to the ICHOF learn the origins of clowning, discover the various types of clown performances, and are introduced to renowned clown performers such as Charlie Chaplin, Red Skelton, Otto Griebling, and others.

For individuals affected by coulrophobia, the ICHOF is more like a house of horrors. But for those curious about the history and evolution of clowning, their visit will be rewarded with a deepened appreciation of the artform. Take note: appointments to explore the International Clown Hall of Fame and Research Center must be booked in advance if you plan to visit September through May.

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