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 Events Calendar 

Programs at The Barnum Museum

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 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.

Envisioning the future! Exhibition Hours:

Our Envisioning 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.

Directions are available here. Street parking is available. If you have any questions, please contact or call (203) 331-1104 x 100.


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:

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.


Please contact the Museum for Membership information at (203) 331-1104.

"The Noblest Art is that of Making Others Happy"
P.T. Barnum, 1891


The Barnum Museum | 820 Main Street | Bridgeport, CT 06604
phone: 203-331-1104 | fax: 203-331-0079
Executive Director/Curator:
Kathleen Maher

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