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!
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
- Free admission to
- A 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! Consider
conveniently joining today online! 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 experiences!
With much Gratitude,
September 14 at 2 p.m.
Heroes of the Home Front presented by Matt Warshauer,
PhD, Professor Department of History, Central Connecticut State University
Warshauer will address the struggles of a war-torn, politically charged Connecticut
and how communities banded together to survive the conflict and preserve the nation.
Barnum was an active voice for the Union and many astonishing issues concerning
the Bridgeport community during the War of the Rebellion will be revealed. Warshauer
is the author of three books, he is a specialist on 19th century political and
constitutional history. His most recent book, "Connecticut in the American
Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice, and Survival," is a riveting and eye opening
account of the state's often turbulent history. Warshauer currently serves as
co-chair of the Connecticut Civil War Commemoration Commission and is helped to
coordinate activities across Connecticut to focus on the importance and lasting
legacies of the American Civil War and Connecticut's involvement in it during
2012. No registration required. $5 suggested donation and children under 12 are
September 17 at 12:15 p.m.
Skirting the Issue: Bridgeport-made Hoops Support
19th Century Gowns-Sneak Peek presented by Adrienne Saint-Pierre The Museum
For this month's informal lunchtime talk, Saint-Pierre will discuss
and display hoopskirts and why they were an iconic fashion associated with the
mid-1800s, especially during the Civil War Era when full-length skirts were at
their widest. This Sneak Peek program will focus on one of early Bridgeport's
major industries: the manufacturing of skirt hoops, or "cage crinolines"
and the various patents for these products and components. Though people today
might not think so, the invention of steel hoops was actually a "liberating"
development in women's wear. Come learn about Bridgeport's supporting role in
fashion while seeing examples of period underpinnings and gowns up close. No registration
required. $3 suggested donation Visitors are encouraged to bring their lunch.
fashion plate from the early 1860s shows the extreme width of ball gowns, with
their silk skirts supported by elliptical hoop skirts made of flexible watchspring
steel. This print was published in the fashion magazine, Petit Courrier des Dames.|
the invention of the cage crinoline or "hoop skirt" in 1856, Punch magazine
quickly published this cartoon-like sketch to explain the mystery of the new fashion
contraption. The cutaway view reveals the "cage" that ladies were now
wearing, replacing the layers of petticoats previously required to support the