One of the most recognizable names in the circus is that of Phineas T. Barnum. He began as a museum owner, and never actually owned a circus of his own. He attached his name to several different companies. After a brief retirement, Barnum created the P.T. Barnum’s Museum, Menagerie and Circus. In this production, the museum part was actually what we today associate with the “sideshow” aspect of the circus. This museum became a showcase of animal and human oddities that is still associated with circuses today. Soon, Barnum merged with the popular Bailey’s Great London show, paving the way for the eventual inclusion of The Ringling Brothers to create the ultimate circus, Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey’s Circus.