Spring Season Tours

A close up section of the dining room.

As of April 1, 2023, guided tours are now walk in every day of the week. Available tour times are: 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, and 3:00pm; each tour is about 1 hour long. Monday-Thursday, tours begin on the verandah of the mansion, and Friday-Sunday tours begin in the taproom of the brewery.

Tour & Pint

SIP SIP HOORAY! Ringling Original is the beer 🍺 that started it all, and this historical beer will always be Tap 1 at our Baraboo brewery.

We invite you to “Drink the History” by taking a pint with you on the guided mansion tour 🗝️ to learn more about AL. & Lou Ringling and where the curiously kept family beer recipe was discovered!

TOUR & PINT: $22 per person, you may choose any beer on our taplist! Must be 21+ to drink. Only 1 beer per tour ticket.

WINTER SCHEDULE: Call to book a guided mansion tour with us at 608-448-7455, otherwise we are now offering walk-in on Saturdays at 11am/12pm/1pm/2pm/3pm timeslots.

Winter Season Schedule is in Effect

Tours are by appointment for the winter season any day of the week. Please give us a call to book your guided tour with us.

Available tour times are: 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, and 3:00pm; each tour is about 1 hour long and start at the verandah of the Mansion on Broadway Street.

Celebrating our 9th Anniversary!

Photo taken on July 1, 2022

JULY 1, 2022 – Today marks the 9th Anniversary of the AL. Ringling Mansion’s purchase by current proprietors Donald, Joe, and Carmen!

Thank you to all for your support in keeping this historical site cared for over the years. More restoration projects are on the horizon for this 2022 year. Guided tours held daily every hour, on the hour, from 11am until the last tour starting 3pm.

Update: Tour Guides have been hired!

Update: Tour guide positions have been filled. Thank you all for applying!

Would you like to work at one of Baraboo’s historical sites? 📣 The AL. Ringling Mansion is now hiring!

We’re looking for two enthusiastic individuals to join our tour staff immediately. No previous guide experience necessary, training will be included. Part-Time or Full-Time, flexible scheduling per week.

📲 Call us at 608-448-7455 or look at our Job listing on our Facebook page to apply.

AL. Ringling Mansion
623 Broadway Street
Baraboo, WI 53913

2021 Tour Season Starts March 3rd!

A close up section of the dining room.

📣 Our 2021 tour season opens this Wednesday, March 3rd so plan on venturing on a guided tour at one of the nation’s historical sites!

Immerse yourself: Step into the world of how AL. & Lou Ringling lived. We take you from room to room, where historical archives and artifacts are on display from the Ringling Family and the traveling Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus. 🎪 Over the past several years, areas of the Mansion have been, and will continue to be restored as part of preserving the Ringling history.

📷: This is a section of the dining room featuring restoration work by multiple artisans using an antique photograph as reference.

Our spring schedule is Wednesday to Sunday, from 11am to 4pm, matching the same days as the AL. Ringling Brewing Co. next door. No appointment necessary, simply come to the Broadway Street entrance during operating hours and wait for the next available tour. Guided tours occur every hour, on the hour, with the last tour starting at 3pm. The tour includes stops in both the mansion and the brewery.

New Plaque Setting

See below for the inscription in the plaque.

For 35 years, this plaque has been displayed on a post in front of the AL. Ringling Mansion. We hired a local mason this year to construct a base to embed the plaque for a nicer setting. The stone bricks were sourced from the foundation of the carriage house that was built along with the Mansion in 1905.

As a side note, that carriage house was torn down in 1948 to construct a ballroom (later known as the Lou Ringling Ballroom) that was converted to the brewery taproom that it is today.

The plaque reads:

“The Al Ringling Home – This red-stone mansion was erected by Al and Lou Ringling in 1905. In its day it was the most spacious and beautiful home in Sauk County. After Al’s death Lou remained for several years then moved east, later to return to live in another house in Baraboo.
The Ringling’s sister Ida, and her husband Henry W. North and family then occupied this house. Their sons John and Henry managed the circus after the Ringling Bros. died.

Of the seven sons Al was the ‘circus genius’. At first Lou served as snake-charmer, later became an outstanding equestrian. Always she was the friend of every person traveling with the show.

AL. and Lou are buried in a mausoleum in Baraboo’s Walnut Hill Cemetery.

Erected by the Sauk County Historical Society. 1985.”