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There may be only one museum dedicated to American Clowns and you’ll find it in Lake Placid! At last count, more than 700 significant pieces of clown memorabilia can be found within the walls of Toby’s American Clown Museum and School.
It's amazing what you will discover in the Clown Museum. On nearly every surface of every wall, there are oils, prints and photographs of clowns. Don't miss the paintings by Red Skelton, a famous clown and artist. Many original circus posters from famous organizations like the Ringling Brothers are also displayed here. Many are signed or inscribed to Toby, the founder of the American Clown Museum and School.
One of the most outstanding pieces in the collection is a life-size carousel horse. This stunning piece was hand carved by local master woodcarver Bill Snyder.
Children or all ages are always fascinated by the miniature circus, featuring clowns, guests and all manor of circus scenes.
You’ll see clown costumes from Toby's collection and art spanning the century. There is also a large collection of clown figurines and dolls. Even the ceiling has clowns - as many of the members have had a caricatures painted on the ceiling tiles!
If you can't get to Lake Placid to see us in person, click on the video below to see our museum!
Take a Tour of the Museum with Big Al and Toby!