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,
August 3 at 2 p.m.
Show Must Go On! Presented by Kathy Maher, Executive Director of The Barnum Museum
Barnum Museum has become a national model for disaster recovery, and Kathy Maher
has traveled from California to South Carolina speaking at national conferences
on the importance of readiness and response to many natural disasters. Maher will
also explain how the museum has been working to restore the historic building
and is currently planning the re-envision for the future of this iconic and historic
landmark with a 21st Century P.T. Barnum flair. Join us for this fascinating talk
on resilience and perseverance! No registration required. $5 suggested donation
and kids under 12 are free.
August 13 at 12:15 p.m.
Fragments: The Preservation of Bridgeport's Architectural Past - Sneak Peek presented
by Adrienne Saint-Pierre, Curator of The Barnum Museum
Barnum Museum's informal Sneak Peek series continues with programs focusing on
the hidden gems in The Barnum Museum collection. If you have ever driven through
the Main Street of an older town or city, you have probably marveled at the magnificent
homes and buildings forming the streetscape. Thanks to historic preservation champions
throughout the country, thousands of beautiful places have been saved and now
define the unique character of our communities. However, many wonderful buildings
have been lost to the wrecking ball or destroyed by fire, and only fragments and
photographs remain as documents of them. Join Saint-Pierre for a look at some
of the remarkable architectural fragments saved from the glorious buildings of
Bridgeport's past, including Barnum's Iranistan and the Harral-Wheeler Mansion.
No registration required. $5 suggested donation and kids under 12 are free. Visitors
are encouraged to bring their lunch.
August 23, 2014
from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Artist in Residence Workshop:
Artist Susan Tabachnick,
creator of The Lost and Found Circus currently on display at The Barnum Museum
until August 30, will lead an informal workshop on creating small sculptures with
found objects. Creativity begins with a good sense of play that leads to discovery
and inventiveness. This "drop in" workshop invites you to "play"
with an assortment of interesting found objects of metal, wood and ceramic to
assemble and transform them into intriguing new objects, perhaps with their own
whimsical personalities. Tabachnick will help you experiment and see the possibilities
for how things can fit together or balance. Found objects are supplied, but you
may bring your own favorites, if you wish. Appropriate for adults and kids, ages
8 and up. (We have wood blocks for younger children to play with!) Free admission,
but donations are welcome.
August 28 at 6:30 p.m.
the Beast: Three Centuries of Architecture in Connecticut Presented by William
William Hosley is the principal of
Terra Firma Northeast, an independent scholar and former Director of the New Haven
Museum and Connecticut Landmarks. Tastes and visions for grand architecture shift
through time and Connecticut's landscape is spotted with examples of the elegant
and the monstrous! Share in Hosley's explorations and findings, gleaned from many
years photographing Connecticut's architectural features. Hosley will share his
passion for architecture "that is the basis of ingenuity, imagination and
aspiration" and share his desire to protect, preserve and interpret our historic
past. No registration required. $5 suggested donation and kids under 12 are free.
The Barnum Museum is now featuring an amazingly original display, Lost and Found
Circus: A Creative Balancing Act by Bridgeport artist Susan Tabachnick. The
exhibition features a circus-themed presentation of small sculptures created with
found objects, many of them incorporating old industrial parts and small tools.
The components are not altered in any way, but are assembled into whimsical sculptures
suggestive of the lively energy and humor that characterizes the circus. The assemblages
give "new life" to items originally made for other purposes. Tabachnick
never forces the unions and she doesn't weld or glue the pieces together; they
must fit or balance.
The Thursday, Friday and
Saturday hours at the museum are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ... more
June 19 thru August 28 at 5:30 p.m.
Thursdays at Historic McLevy Green
Music brought to you by the Downtown
Special Services District, the City of Bridgeport and Bridgeport's Art & Culture.
For more information and to get the full schedule go to: downtownthursdays.com