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Since 1993, Toby's clowns have been bringing smiles to life in Highlands County, Florida. Keith "Toby" Stokes began spending time in Lake Placid, but missed being a Shrine clown when he was down south.
He organized the first class of clowns and graduated 6 clowns. Now we are proud to say more than 2500 clowns have graduated from the American Clown School.
Our mission is to teach the art of clowning and to spread Smiles, Love & Laughter, but there's more to see at the clown house. First of all, on the exterior walls, you will discover two of Lake Placid's famous murals. One is "Toby's First Clown Class", by Keith Goodson. The other is "The Art of Clowning", by Monica Turner.
Students from all over the United States come to the American Clown Museum and School in Lake Placid Fla.,to learn how to be a clown. The school was started by Keith Stokes, also known as 'Toby', who graduated his first class in 1993. To see the Clown School in action, click here for a video.
A trip inside isn't complete until you visit our gift shop...for clowns big and little, you'll find souvenirs, clothing, costumes and clown memoribilia to take or send home. Read more about the gift shop...