Dear Friends of The Barnum Museum,
an extraordinary year 2014 has been! We have completed vision planning for the
Museum's future exhibits with designers BRC Imagination Arts; restoration of the
landmark building has begun; we have welcomed thousands of guests from all over
the world to our many programs, tours and outreach events; we are launching a
new exciting children's program; and we are thrilled to reinvigorate our membership
family after a brief hiatus during disaster recovery. 2014 has truly been a year
With the holidays approaching, and
the season of gift-giving upon us, I hope you will consider a tax-deductible gift
to The Barnum Museum! Your gift will truly help us continue our work and bring
inspiring new programs to all museum goers. The passion and enthusiastic encouragement
of friends like you has inspired us to achieve wonderful things and bring a new
and vibrant 21st century to life.
Our new Mission
Statement is "To inspire curiosity, creativity and confidence through
look forward to upholding these meaningful words and continue our service of giving
joy and happiness to all.
Please think of the
Museum during this holiday season and make a gift toward our continued efforts.
You can also give a gift of membership to a loved one. Every contribution helps
us move closer toward a vibrant restoration and reinvigorated Barnum Museum experience!
BRC Imagination Arts concept design for the future.
sincere thanks and all best wishes for a wonderful Holiday Season to you and your
The Barnum Museum
"The Noblest Art
is that of Making Others Happy"
P.T. Barnum, 1886
make checks payable to The Barnum Museum, or contribute online below.
contributions are tax deductible.
Barnum Museum will be closed on:
Christmas Day, Thurs., December 25th
New Year's Day, Thurs., January 1st
Friday, January 2nd
The Museum gallery will re-open on January 8th and 9th
with regular Thursday
and Friday hours of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
the Winter Season, please check this website
for announcements regarding weather-related
hosts Mike and Tim as they delve into the magic and mystery of the Big Top, with
their very special guest ... Kathleen Maher!
Maher, Barnum Museum Executive Director/Curator, will explore the remarkable history
of P.T. Barnum, a man known for ideas and imagination as well as preconceived
notions of a man and philosophy. Known to most of the world as the Great
American Showman, the Barnum name has also forged associations of humbug
and merriment; the hyperbolic alongside the austere; provoked thought and invited
controversy; welcomed the cynic and engaged and challenged the skeptic. ... more
join us on Sunday Night, December 21st
Midnight EST / 9 pm PST
to psn-radio.com to chat live
in our chatroom during the show.
Yale School of Art (YSA) launches its 2015 season at the
32 Edgewood Avenue Gallery with Side Show, an exhibition
devoted to the believe it or not world of the American sideshow, in
which display of the abnormal and bizarre was the focus of the event.
view Jan. 13Mar. 20, 2015, the exhibition is free and open to the public
TuesdaysSundays from noon to 6 p.m.
Side Show presents
more than 70 works by 29 artists including Diane Arbus, Otto Dix, John
Waters, and Riva Lehrer ranging from the mid-18th century to the present.
The show includes original sideshow banners, props, promotional cards,
photographs, historical ephemera, and works of art inspired by circus and carnival
culture from the Yale University Art Gallery (YUAG), Yale Medical School Library,
the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the International Center of Photography,
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and private collections.
| Press Release
| Curator's Statement
| Exhibition Related Programs
Presented by Tufts University
Andrew McClellan, Professor of Art History
Interim Chair of Romance Languages
1889, P.T. Barnum wrote, "The Noblest Art Is That Of Making Others Happy."
Although written 125 years ago, these words still underscore The Barnum Museum's
vision and mission. As one of the longest ongoing museums in the nation, the museum
remains true to P.T. Barnum's original mission; 'Instructive Entertainment.' For
over a century, families from around the world have visited The Barnum Museum
and experienced wonder, curiosity, surprise and enrichment. With exhibits ranging
from a 4,000 year-old mummy to the recently acquired 'Centaur of Tymfi,' the Museum
continues to amaze and enthrall guests of all ages.
Today, the Museum is
emerging from damage sustained from a series of natural disasters and forging
exciting plans for the future. We are thrilled to be working with BRC Imagination
Arts (the award winning, world renowned exhibit designers) to create new and vibrant
exhibits that offer learning through exploration, imagination, and innovation,
stimulating the power of creativity and sparking intellectual curiosity!
invite you to join us as a Vision Member and be a
part of The Barnum Museum's history! As a Vision Member, you will have the opportunity
to be enthralled by the wonderful and compelling stories of Barnum's glorious
past, stories that will capture your imagination and create memories to last a
Vision Member benefits include:
admission to Museum programs.
complimentary copy of P.T. Barnum's famous book, The Art of Money Getting.
Only" previews of new exhibitions & events.
Behind-the-Scenes Tours with the Curator.
"Evening with the Director" soiree.
to the Annual Meeting & Reception.
hope you will consider joining as a Vision Member,
and become part of The Barnum Museum legacy. Please know how important Museum
members are to our on-going objective to offer enriching programs! Simply click
here and conveniently join today! As you consider your membership, please
also consider giving an extra gift in support of the Museum's continuing programs,
or give a gift membership to a friend or family member. As always, your contribution
On behalf of The Barnum Museum, I sincerely thank you
for your kindness and support, and we look forward to serving you with enriching
With much Gratitude,