The Carnival and Circus Museum

The North American Carnival Museum and Archives (NACMA) is a not-for-profit incorporated entity with charitable status.  It is committed to the preservation, presentation and promotion of the history of Carnivals, Circuses, Fairs, Exhibitions and Amusement Parks in North America and is the owner and operator of the Carnival and Circus Museum.



NACMA was incorporated in 2008 as a federally chartered organization with charitable status.  The Museum has acquired over 2,000 three dimensional artefacts pertaining to and related to Circus and Carnival history.  These include banners, posters, route books, a circus ring, illusions, carousel horses and operating games and rides.  This unique collection is now on display at the Museum at 114 Alice Street, Brantford, Ontario, Tel no.  519-753-4646.


sprinkle_0062By creating the  Carnival and Circus Museum, The North American Carnival Museum and Archives will encourage a greater appreciation of the social, cultural, historical and economic  heritage of the outdoor amusement industry.

These aims will be accomplished by:

  • Programming and research activities supported by a collection of over 5000 archival artefacts including artwork, photographs, multimedia material, books and other materials.
  • Fund raising to aid The Carnival & Circus Museum in realizing its goals, objectives and operating costs.
  • Developing, collecting and preserving a world class collection of artefacts and archival material that is significant in North America.
  • Establishing and presenting creative interactive performances and engaging programs that bring carnival and circus history to life for viewers of all ages.
  • Disseminating accurate and relevant information about all aspects of the history of carnivals, circuses, fairs, exhibitions and amusement parks of the world.
  • Supporting and facilitating research by providing access to the collections by historians, teachers, students, journalists and interested individuals, groups or organizations.
  • Encouraging greater awareness of our mission through cooperation with other museum and interested organizations at the local, national and international level.
  • Presenting our collection at cultural, artistic and educational events, fairs and exhibitions in North America. Our exhibits will be the first Carnival and Circus Museum to hit the road to amuse and educate our patrons.