EXHIBITS

The International Independent Showmen’s Museum presents . . .

The rich and colorful world of Traveling Shows in America

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History is created through past events. The carnival has certainly captivated us with all its past events. It all started with the Columbia Exposition back in 1893. The exhibits depict artifacts from all eras and represent that wonderful innovations that stemmed from the Columbia Exposition.

One legacy of the Columbian Exposition’s is seen today through Walt Disney World’s EPCOT Center. Initially envisioned as a utopian experiment (Prototype Of Tomorrow) and the corporate model. EPCOT is packaged as utopian and educational, with major corporations showcasing technology, culture, and history.

The Manufacturer’s, Machinery, and Electricity Buildings of the Columbian Exposition have been concentrated into the Pavilions of corporate giants as GE and AT&T at Epcot with the message of progress and technology seen at the Columbian Exposition so long ago.

The Midway at Disney is recreated as well, with Pavilions for foreign countries, providing “the world for 50 cents,” which  has a much higher cost today to see the world at Epcot.

The amazing accomplishment of Handy’s Department of Publicity and Promotion pales in comparison to the Disney Marketing Department and its ability to make the corporate messages of Disney so familiar, and somehow so natural, to parents and children alike. The linking of business and technology found throughout EPCOT is a significant legacy of the Columbian Exposition; Disney’s fascination with technology and progress.

From that grand beginning, traveling shows brought entertainment that traveled to the people – visiting cities and towns so that all could experience the fun and excitement of the traveling shows right in their own backyard. Here at the Showmen’s Museum we tell the history through the exhibits and displays. You will soon discover that the legacy of the Columbian Exposition has survived even today.

The first movies were shown right on the carnival midway. There were Western Shows, Minstrel Shows, Music Shows, Sideshows, Thrill Rides, Concessions and so much more.

The International Independent Showmen’s Museum preserves the history of all traveling shows in America.

Each exhibit is unique and brings back wonderful memories of your own experience at a fair.

There are exhibits on the inside and outside too!

And when you visit you will see so more that you can possibly imagine!

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Parker Digger
Parker Digger
Sunburst Cast Iron Wagon Wheel
Sunburst Cast Iron Wagon Wheel
Museum Move
Museum Move
Strates Steel Ride Wagon
Strates Steel Ride Wagon
Museum Preservation Area
Museum Preservation Area
Show Wagons
Show Wagons
1915 Carousel Horse (Donated by Kal Hamilton)
1915 Carousel Horse (Donated by Kal Hamilton)
H O scale completely detailed  model carnival
H O scale completely detailed model carnival
Conderman Ferris W
Conderman Ferris W
Close up of HO Scale Carnival Model
Close up of HO Scale Carnival Model
Johhny J. Jones Exposition 1948 Twin Diesel Catepillar Generator
Johhny J. Jones Exposition 1948 Twin Diesel Catepillar Generator
Six Cats
Six Cats
Reithoffer 1917 Packard Straight Body Truck
Reithoffer 1917 Packard Straight Body Truck
Museum Building From Strreet
Museum Building From Strreet
Allan Herschell Carousel called American Beauty
Allan Herschell Carousel called American Beauty
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Antique Show Wagons
Antique Show Wagons
Capell Bros Show Trailer
Capell Bros Show Trailer
West World Wonder Show Ad Lithograph
West World Wonder Show Ad Lithograph
Rocky Road To Dublin Original  Car
Rocky Road To Dublin Original Car
Close up of HO Scale Carnival Model
Close up of HO Scale Carnival Model
Big 6 Gaming Wheel
Big 6 Gaming Wheel
Museum Building
Museum Building
One Ball Banner
One Ball Banner
Wagon
Wagon
Authentic Antique Ferris Wheel and Merry Go Round set up on the main floor
Authentic Antique Ferris Wheel and Merry Go Round set up on the main floor
Carnival game
Carnival game
Cast Iron Sunburst Wagon Wheel
Cast Iron Sunburst Wagon Wheel
Sunburst Cast Iron Wagon Wheel
Sunburst Cast Iron Wagon Wheel
Decorated Wooden Wagon Wheel
Decorated Wooden Wagon Wheel
Doc Rivera's Paintings
Doc Rivera's Paintings
Paris Revue Girl Show Exhib
Paris Revue Girl Show Exhib
Royal American Shows Ride Wagon
Royal American Shows Ride Wagon
Royal American Shows Exhibit
Royal American Shows Exhibit
Jim Frederiksen
Jim Frederiksen
Antique Bumper Car
Antique Bumper Car
1917 P
1917 P
Royal American Shows Girl Show Wagon
Royal American Shows Girl Show Wagon
Hand Carved Wood Merry Go Round Figure
Hand Carved Wood Merry Go Round Figure
Carnival Game
Carnival Game
Example of A Gaming Wheel
Example of A Gaming Wheel
Wagon
Wagon
Cast Iron Wagon W
Cast Iron Wagon W
Father Mac Exhibit
Father Mac Exhibit
Royal American Shows ge
Royal American Shows ge
Vintage Vehicles
Vintage Vehicles