The MSI’s circus exhibit folds its tent after 5 decades

The exhibit seen by thousands of children has been on display, in one form or another, since the early 1970s. Now, it’s set to go the auction block.

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mmchicago
mmchicago
104 · 15 days ago · Reddit

I have a ton of nostalgia for the exhibit and I'm a little grateful that when my kids were little they enjoyed it as much as I did. Nevertheless, I agree with the curator. It's nothing more than nostalgia at this point and isn't really in keeping with the museum's purpose and mission.

Reclaim the space for something more relevant. I just hope the unique mechanical dioramas find a good home.

an1sotropy
an1sotropy
71 · 15 days ago · Reddit

Thanks for sharing this. My kids were either confused or slightly creeped out by the exhibit. I’m grateful for its longevity, and I’m looking forward to seeing something about Science or Industry in its place.

DaisyCutter312
DaisyCutter312
47 · 15 days ago · Reddit

I 100% agree that this doesn't fit in with MSI's theme any longer...but I really wish they were sending the stuff to Circus World instead of auctioning it off piecemeal.

wjbc
wjbc
44 · 15 days ago · Reddit

If you miss it I recommend the Circus World Museum in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

rvH3Ah8zFtRX
rvH3Ah8zFtRX
15 · 15 days ago · Reddit

I went to MSI last year for the first time in maybe a decade, and was surprised at how many old exhibits were still there. Glad to see they're doing some updating.

JosephMadeCrosses
JosephMadeCrosses
14 · 15 days ago · Reddit

As much as I loved watching these, That hallway always smells like a 10 year old pipe leak. I'm convinced people are peeing in there.

problematic_glasses
problematic_glasses
10 · 15 days ago · Reddit

Ah yes, that creepy hallway you have to go through to get to the Space Center

enkidu_johnson
enkidu_johnson
9 · 15 days ago · Reddit

I'm not saying that MSI should have kept this exhibit, but this whole "current mission" thing seems to be applied quite randomly. Is an eighty year old submarine relevant to today's audiences? A museum, like a library has as much of a duty to preserve as it has to stay relevant.

joe_chicago
joe_chicago
7 · 15 days ago · Reddit

I loved this exhibit as a kid, but I'm sure it's well past its prime now & makes sense to make room for new exhibits.

That said, I hope they keep the Yesterdays Main Street.

My other favorite exhibit was the Century of Progress diorama that showed the growth of a small town with the buildings flipping over. Does anyone else remember that? I wonder if it is still there or not.

PamperedChef
PamperedChef
5 · 15 days ago · Reddit

Honestly, they've whittled down this exhibit for years...even now, it's a shell of what it used to be.

As a kid, I remember when 'Circus' was bigger, there was even a little theater attached to the exhibit, and a movie was shown; but that's been gone for a long time now.

As sad as it is, the Circus hasn't been a force of "industry" for decades now, and isn't relevant to a Museum dedicated to "Science and Industry". So, while I lament its passing, I am okay with it.

b00b00jeffries
b00b00jeffries
5 · 15 days ago · Reddit

Wow. This exhibit and the Fairy Castle were two of my mother's favorites whenever we'd go. I wasn't much into either when I was younger, but to this day they always remind me of her. I feel kind of sad it'll no longer be there as she passed a couple of years ago.