The Immel Circus Gallery Published on May 17, 2018

The Immel Circus is one of the most interesting “pieces” in the collection of the Massillon Museum. The 100-square foot miniature circus contains 2,620 pieces: thirty-six elephants, 186 horses, 102 assorted animals, ninety-one wagons, seven tents, and 2,207 people. Most of the pieces were hand-carved by Dr. Robert Immel using tools from his dental practice. Some were handcrafted by friends and retired circus performers. The Immel Circus has twice been dismantled and reconstructed: once after a fire threatened the display in the Immels’ home, and once to move it to the Massillon Museum. Learn more on our website: