Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 – 1965 Runs February 4, 2016 - March 13, 2016

In an era spanning the early 20th century, through depression ridden times and a dust bowl, one form of revelry thrived – the circus. Traveling from coast to coast, rail cars packed with canvas, exotic animal menageries, strongmen, fat ladies, and roustabouts brought a much needed relief to millions of Americans. Now visitors at the Ontario Museum of History & Art’s new exhibition, Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 – 1965, opening February 4, 2016, will get to explore another side of this thrilling spectacle and a history fraught with intrigue and majesty.