the Future! exhibit, featuring artifacts that belonged to P.T. Barnum, Tom
Thumb and others, is open for viewing and exploration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m
on Thursdays and Fridays. This exhibit is located in the People's United
Bank Gallery adjacent to the historic building.
Please note the historic
Museum building is closed due to storm damage from the F1 tornado that struck
Bridgeport on June 24th, 2010.
Admission to Envisioning
the Future! is free. Suggested donation amounts or nominal admission fees
are charged for most programs; please refer to our calendar
of events for details.
are available here. Street parking is available. If you have any questions,
please contact email@example.com
or call (203) 331-1104 x 100.
in American Life: Pets, Performers, and Zoos
May, The Barnum Museum will host an array of animal-themed programs that explore
topics such as the history of pet ownership, the story of Jumbo the elephant and
other 19th century elephants, the history of zoo-keeping, and Connecticut's own
Beardsley Zoo. A portion of the program series is funded by a grant from Connecticut
Humanities, a non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
the Connecticut Humanities Grant for Animals in American Life press release.
check this website for announcements regarding weather-related closures.
Programs Offered through the Beardsley Zoo:
Saturday April 04, 2015 9:00am - 12:00 Noon
Tight Lines Youth Fishing Rodeo
Sunday April 12, 2015
click here for flyer and more information.
fragment of elephant tusk from P. T. Barnum's famed "White Elephant,"
which he acquired from Burma in the mid-1880s. There was intense rivalry between
Barnum and his competitor Adam Forepaugh concerning white elephants, each one
claiming that the other's was a fake. Photo Credit: Collection of The Barnum
8 at 12:15 p.m.
Elephants in the Museum: Stories of Elephant Artifacts
and Images in The Barnum Museum's Collection presented by Adrienne Saint-Pierre,
Barnum Museum Curator
lunchtime Sneak Peek program focuses on a variety of elephant artifacts in The
Barnum Museum collection. These include a piece of Barnum's "White Elephant"
tusk, a beautiful color poster from the 1880s featuring performing elephants,
a rare printed handkerchief depicting the life story of Jumbo, a color print created
in honor of "Baby Bridgeport," the second elephant born in America,
right here in Bridgeport, and more.
registration required. $3 Suggested Donation. Free for museum members and kids
under 12. Bring a brown bag lunch if you wish.
Scott, Jumbo's faithful keeper, is shown feeding the 11-1/2-foot tall elephant,
whose popularity with the public of all ages became legendary and made him a celebrity
on both sides of the Atlantic. Photo Credit: Collection of The Barnum Museum|
April 19 at 2 p.m.
Jumbo: Marvel, Myth, and Mascot by Dr. Andrew
McClellan of Tufts University
celebration of the arrival of Jumbo, the famous African Elephant, in America on
April 9, 1882, this program will explore the fascinating story of the larger-than-life
celebrity whom P. T. Barnum purchased from the London Zoo. His legacy lives on
today: "jumbo" is now a common adjective used to describe anything very,
very large. Jumbo's image has been used by many companies as a marketing tool,
and at the height of his popularity all kinds of household objects were made with
elephants in their design. Dr. Andrew McClellan, professor of Art History at Tufts
University, will present an illustrated talk with rarely seen images relating
to the great beast's life. Dr. McClellan is an expert on Jumbo, having recently
curated the exhibition, Jumbo: Marvel, Myth and Mascot (2014), and authored an
accompanying book by the same title.
registration required. $5 Suggested Donation. Free for museum members and kids
May 13 at 12:15 pm.
Zoomobile!: Animals and Animal Artifacts
presented by Michelle Gaudreau, Beardsley Zoo Educator
Beardsley Zoo Zoomobile will pay an an informal lunchtime "show and tell"
visit to the museum, bringing small animals to meet program attendees. Michelle
Gaudreau, Beardsley Zoo Educator, will talk about these and other animals at the
zoo, and show a variety of animal artifacts that people can explore through touch.
Come learn about wild animals and animal conservation programs at the Beardsley
Zoo, as well as what we discover by looking at animal "artifacts" like
skulls and bones.
No registration required. $3 Suggested
Donation. Free for museum members and kids under 12. Bring a brown bag lunch if
May 17 at 2 pm.
Connecticut's Beardsley Park and Zoo:
A History of Land
by Gregg Dancho, Executive Director, Beardsley Zoo
Executive Director, Gregg Dancho will present a program about this National Register
site's early history, beginning with the gift of land to the City of Bridgeport
in the 1880s, and its transformation to a professionally-staffed, accredited zoo.
Dancho's talk will also discuss how zoo-keeping philosophies have changed over
the years. He began his career there as a volunteer and worked his way up to become
park director in 1983. Beardsley Zoo, with more than 150 acres, is listed on the
National Register of Historic Places. It began acquiring wild animals as inhabitants
in the 1920's and was officially transformed into a zoo in the 1980's. Dancho
will explain the parks' philosophies on acquiring and keeping wild animals as
well as information about the many conservation actions in place at the zoo.
will discuss the zoo's current work to ensure the survival of Siberian (Amur)
No registration required. $5 Suggested
Donation. Free for museum members and kids under 12. For information about the
zoo contact 203-364-6565 or visit beardsleyzoo.org.
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 January 13March 20, 2015, the exhibition is free and open to the
public TuesdaysSundays from noon to 6 p.m.
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.
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