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Museum of the Circus and Illusion


Discover the fabulous world of the circus !

In a vast, entirely decorated space, this museum, the first of its kind in France, welcomes you for a great interactive adventure for all the family. You can learn all about the history of the circus and its legendary artists, with priceless treasures including :

- A collection of exciting objects, like the clown Grock’s musical saw or Buffalo Bill’s saddle, so you can relive the golden age of the world’s greatest circuses.

- Many exclusive items : the Jean Richard collection, the amazing Emilien Bouglione collection from the Cirque d’Hiver in Paris… As well as these exclusive items which you can admire on permanent display, the museum is constantly evolving, with exhibits of some of the most beautiful scale models in Europe.

- Brand new optical illusions - seemingly impossible things will appear before your eyes. Just take care and don’t believe everything you see... And be brave !



- First-rate attractions with circus artists (jugglers, tightrope walkers, tamers…) performing their best numbers several times a day.

Attractions every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 3.30 pm during school-holidays. 



- A unique shop where you can play at being a magician, and find gadgets to astonish your friends, as well as circus and illusionist’s equipment for professional acts.


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An amazing museum open 7 days a week !



- From 6th of February to 30th of June and from the 1srt of September to the 2nd of January :
 10 to 12.30 pm and 1.30 to 6 pm.

- From the 1srt of July to the 31 of August : 10 am to 6 pm.

The cash closes 45 minutes before the closure of the museum.

Annual close : 24th, 25th and 31rst of Decembre, 1srt of January 2017.


€ 7,50 / Adults
€ 5,50 / Children form 4 to 13 years old
Group rates on request
Guided visits for groups only on request




45570 Dampierre-en-Burly
La Croix St Jacques – D 952
Tel. : 00 33 (0)2 38 35 67 50
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