The International Independent Showmen’s Museum

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Come on in – you will see 54,o0o square feet of exhibits highlighting the traveling shows from a bygone area. Bring back great memories. Remember the fun you had at your at state fair and country fair or festival.  See actual rides and games of chance. Sideshow, Minstrel Show, Wild West Show, Thrill Show, and so much more.

We look forward to meeting you!

Museum Hours:

Hours are Saturday and Sunday from 12 – 5 pm.


Admission is $10.00 for Adults

Admission with any IISA – Showmen’s Club Membership Card is $5.00 ( ID Card must be present))

Admission for Students with an ID card is $ 7.00 per student (ID Card must be present)

Children under 10 are free with paid adult admission

Group Tours

Special Guided Group Tours available for groups of 15 or more

The Showmen’s Museum hosts group tours year-round on any day by appointment only. 

Contact Doc Rivera at 813 765-7031 to schedule your tour.

Self-Guided Tours for Groups 

You and your group are always invited to visit the museum on your own on a self-guided tour anytime during regular museum hours. Informative videos and detailed signage make this an educating and fun experience. Regular admission fees apply. To schedule a tour for your group (either guided or unguided), contact us at Doc Rivera at 813 765-7031

Scheduling a Guided Tour

Guided Tours

Guided tours are led by historian Doc Rivera and unless otherwise indicated are complimentary with admission.  Space is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Guided Tours require a reservation.  A donation to the Museum’s Historic Preservation Fund is welcome and at the end of each tour and gift shop items and souvenirs are available.  Tour times must be scheduled at least two weeks prior to the date your group visits the museum.

Private Guided Tour

Special Guided Private Tours with a knowledgeable tour guide of the Showmen’s Museum. The Museum is closed to outside visitors during your tour.

Discover little-known facts about America’s outdoor show business, carnivals, and traveling shows, day to day life and history by spending time with a tour guide who loves sharing stories of the outdoor traveling show business.  Requires a reservation at least 2 weeks in advance. Minimum group size required is at least 15 people. Maximum of 50 people per group. 

School Groups

Docent led tours can be arranged for any age or grade level. Tours can be scheduled by appointment only during the school year.  A minimum of ten people is required for a docent-led tour, and tours must be arranged at least two weeks in advance. The Museum requires one chaperone per ten students (Grades 6-12). A chaperone is not required for college students or adults. Students and teachers receive a discount based on group size.  The docent fee will be waived if no docent is required. (Special exhibition fees may apply.)


Special Guided Group Tours Available at no additional admission charge for Groups of 15 or more.

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Please contact Doc Rivera at 813 765-7031 to inquire and schedule your group tour at least two weeks in advance of your tour date.

Contact the museum for additional questions at 813 671-3503 or fill out the form below.


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