All programs held in the
People's United Bank Gallery unless otherwise indicated.
The Gallery is located
at the rear of The Barnum Museum, 820 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (203) 331-1104 x 100.
October 16, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Bridgeport: Wicked Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Bridgeport
non-strenuous walking tour will be led by Michael J. Bielawa, poet and a historian
at the Bridgeport Public Library and author of the book Wicked Bridgeport, which
won the first annual New England Paranormal Literary Award. Bielawa's Wicked Bridgeport
walking tour will focus on the Park City's macabre and fascinating downtown history.
Tales of pirates, gangsters, ghosts, a Victorian Era international manhunt and
the unsolved murder of a world-famous sea captain all lurk along the streets and
alleys of downtown Bridgeport. Focusing on Bridgeport's magnificent historic sites,
this fascinating program will guide guests through the intrigue of the city's
19th century streets. ... more
Bielawa will be signing and selling his books
after the tour, when the group returns to the museum for refreshments.
walk lasts approximately 90 minutes and comfortable footgear is highly suggested.
Advance reservations are needed since the program is limited to 25 participants.
General Admission is $15 and Barnum Museum members are $10.
be made only through Eventbrite.com or by calling 203-331-1104 to get more details.
Recommended for ages 18 and older.
October 19, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
Main Streets Come Alive
presented by John Simone, Executive Director,
CL&P's Connecticut Main Street Programs.
Simone will provide an overview
of how Connecticut Main Street Center (CMSC) fulfills its mission to be the champion
and leading resource for vibrant and sustainable Main Streets as foundations for
healthy Connecticut communities. A successful downtown is one that incorporates
housing, retail, social and business opportunities with transportation options
for all uses - walkers, cyclists, motorists and more. CMSC encourages dynamic
downtowns through education, technical assistance and advocacy.
presentation also includes a description of CMCS's newest initiative, Come Home
to Downtown. CMSC partnered with the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority to
create this pilot program, which is designed to address downtown mixed-use redevelopment
including housing. Since there are many buildings with vacant upper floors in
downtowns around the state, the key questions are: Why aren't these buildings
being redeveloped? What is needed to make that happen? This program is designed
to answers these questions.
No registration required. $5 suggested donation
and children under 12 are free.
October 22, 2014 at 12:15 p.m.
Off the Press: P.T. Barnum's Newspaper - Sneak Peek program
by Adrienne Saint-Pierre, Curator of The Barnum Museum.
to this month's Sneak Peek to see the museum's extremely rare Herald of Freedom
newspapers from the early 1830s and learn how Barnum spent time in jail because
of his publication. Sneak Peek programs are an informal lecture series focusing
on items in the collection that are rarely on display. P.T. Barnum was truly a
Renaissance man. Few people know that when Barnum was in his early twenties, he
began publishing his own newspaper to circulate the democratic voice of the new
nation. On October 19, 1831, the first issue of the Herald of Freedom was printed
in Danbury. Occasionally sparking tempers and controversy through his writing,
Barnum was sued for libel and even went to jail for 60 days.
required. $3 suggested donation. Visitors are encouraged to bring their lunch.
October 23, 2014 at 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Evening with the Executive Director, Kathleen Maher
invitation - Exclusively for Barnum Museum Vision Members.
will discuss the current state of the museum and reveal some of the exciting,
innovative visions for the future of P.T. Barnum's collection. Everyone is welcome
to become a Vision Member. Individual memberships are $25 and dual (bring a friend)
memberships are $40.
contact the Museum for Membership information at