Museum Hours:

The Museum gallery will be on open
on Friday, November 28th
from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Barnum Museum will be closed on:
Thanksgiving Day, Thurs., November 27th
Christmas Day, Thurs., December 25th
Friday, December 26th
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.

Throughout the Winter Season, please check this website for announcements regarding weather-related closures.

Please note that our historic Museum building is closed due to storm damage from the F1 tornado that struck Bridgeport on June 24th, 2010. All exhibits are presented in the adjacent People's United Bank Gallery, at the rear of the historic building.

The Museum's permanent collection of P.T. Barnum and Tom Thumb artifacts, carriages, artwork, and decorative arts are on view in Envisioning the Future!, located in the People's United Bank Gallery. Be sure to see our astonishing new acquisition, The Centaur of Tymfi--you will be speechless!

 

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Holiday Appeal

Dear Friends of The Barnum Museum,

What 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 to celebrate!

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 instructive entertainment."

We truly 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.

With sincere thanks and all best wishes for a wonderful Holiday Season to you and your family!

Kathleen Maher,
Executive Director, The Barnum Museum

"The Noblest Art is that of Making Others Happy"
P.T. Barnum, 1886

Please make checks payable to The Barnum Museum, or contribute online below.
All contributions are tax deductible.


The Barnum Museum in Bridgeport presents programs in December
to end the 2014 calendar year in P.T. Barnum style.

The Museum gallery will be on open
on Friday, November 28th
from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Barnum Museum will be closed on:
Thanksgiving Day, Thurs., November 27th
Christmas Day, Thurs., December 25th
Friday, December 26th
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.

Throughout the Winter Season, please check this website
for announcements regarding weather-related closures.

 

Monday, December 1, 2014, 11 a.m. to noon

A Visit from St. Nicholas - 'Twas the Night Before Christmas - Story Reading

Reading by Bridgeport's First Lady, Sonya Finch.

Come to the museum for a wonderful reading of the classic Clement Clarke Moore's holiday tale. Written in 1822, Moore's poem continues to delight children of all ages. Holiday activities will accompany the story time and children will leave with their own antlers and red nose! We ask that everyone please bring a non-perishable food item to the Museum that day. All food donations will go to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission to help our Bridgeport families. This is a free program, but donations to the Museum are welcome.

 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 12:15 p.m.

Celebrate the Season at The Barnum Museum Sneak Peek

Did you know that 'Christmas' is really a wonderful creation of Victorian times? The tradition of the Christmas tree, gift-giving and joyous celebrations with family and friends begins in America in the mid 19th century. Join us as we showcase some wonderful holiday costumes and finery that speak to the opulence of the holiday season!

No registration required. $3 Suggested Donation. Free for museum members and kids under 12.

 

Sunday, December 14, 2014, 2 p.m.

Celebrate the Season at The Barnum Museum

A wonderful diversion from holiday hustle and bustle, Celebrate the Season is a fascinating journey back in time to festivities of bygone days. Museum Director Kathy Maher will present the evolution of the tales and traditions of the Victorian Age Christmas.
No registration required. $5 Suggested Donation. Free for museum members and kids under 12.

 

 

 

*Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 12:00 noon

Becoming Tom Thumb: The Dawn of American Celebrity
Author Eric Lehman illustrates the meteoric rise of America's first international celebrity, Connecticut's own Charles Stratton, better known as General Tom Thumb.

Under the skillful management of P.T. Barnum, the twenty-five-inch-tall Stratton charmed a Who's Who of the 19th century, from Queen Victoria to Abraham Lincoln, with his comedic talents, playing to sold-out shows for almost 40 years. After Mr. Lehman's lecture, we'll ask ourselves whether we have become a celebrity obsessed culture. Join Lehman, moderator Diane Smith and Maryellen Fillo, JAVA columnist for The Hartford Courant for a lively panel discussion. Co-sponsored by The Barnum Museum.

*Program to be held at The Old State House, 800 Main Street, Hartford, CT. Registration is encouraged, but not required. You can register for this program here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RQTVZQ3

Parking valid for discount rates if you bring your parking ticket to the Old State House. Guests are invited to bring their lunch for the lecture. Questions about this program, please call 860-522-6766.

 

Jumbo: Marvel, Myth & Mascot
Presented by Tufts University
Featuring Andrew McClellan, Professor of Art History
Interim Chair of Romance Languages

 

 

We invite you to join us as a Vision Member
and be a part of The Barnum Museum's history


Dear Friends,

In 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!

We 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 lifetime.

Vision Member benefits include:

  • Free admission to Museum programs.
  • A complimentary copy of P.T. Barnum's famous book, The Art of Money Getting.
  • Member's Only" previews of new exhibitions & events.
  • Private Behind-the-Scenes Tours with the Curator.
  • Annual "Evening with the Director" soiree.
  • Invitation to the Annual Meeting & Reception.

I 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 is tax-deductible.

On behalf of The Barnum Museum, I sincerely thank you for your kindness and support, and we look forward to serving you with enriching experiences!

With much Gratitude,
Kathleen Maher
Executive Director

 

Donate now to help the Barnum Museum Recovery!

The historic structure of The Barnum Museum has been closed to the public since a tornado struck the City of Bridgeport on June 24, 2010 without warning and caused major damage to the building. The Museum's modern wing, People's United Bank Gallery, is open on a limited schedule: Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and for programs and lectures at other times.

You can help sustain this legacy of P. T. Barnum by donating to the Museum's restoration fund.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the unique 1893 landmark is the only remaining structure in the country that is directly related to the great showman and icon of American entertainment history. Thank you for your generosity!

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