Hertzberg Circus Museum

The Hertzberg Circus Museum, also known as the Hertzberg Circus Collection and Museum is the largest and oldest public circus collections in the United States. Harry Hertzberg who was a San Antonio lawyer, state senator and civic leader established it. Hertzberg was a huge circus fan, which lead to his collection and museum. Eventually he bequeathed his collections to the San Antonio public library. The collection then became a popular tourist attraction.

The previous location of the Hertzberg Circus Museum was great. It was north of downtown and located close to amazing restaurants and other activities. Nearby locations include the San Antonio Children’s Museum, 111 Grill and Riverwalk Market and Deli.

Unfortunately, due to structural problems in the original building was forced to cease operation due to structural problems. The circus collection has been moved to the Witte Museum, which was named as a beneficiary in Harry Hertzberg’s will. Several artifacts from Hertzberg’s famous collection can still be seen today. Admission is free on Tuesdays from 3 pm to 8 pm. Any other day admission costs are $8.00 for adults ages 12 to 64, $7.00 for those in active military duty and senior, and $6.00 for children ages 4 to 11. Anyone under 3 yrs old can get in free. Group rates are also available.

For visitors interested in seeing Harry Hertzberg’s collection at the Witte Museum there are great places to eat and affordable hotels nearby. After a day at the museum, visitors can enjoy a nice lunch at the Park Motel Café and book a room at Abel’s Motel.