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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


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.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 12:15 p.m.

Hot Off the Press: P.T. Barnum's Newspaper - Sneak Peek program
presented by Adrienne Saint-Pierre, Curator of The Barnum Museum.

Come 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.
No registration required. $3 suggested donation. Visitors are encouraged to bring their lunch.


Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

The Remarkable Courtship of General Tom Thumb
A discussion of this novel will be presented by distinguished Fairfield University Professor Emeritus and Author, Nicholas Rinaldi

Rinaldi is the author of three previous novels: Bridge Fall Down, The Jukebox Queen of Malta and Between Two Rivers and three collections of poetry. His work has been widely reviewed and earned many awards in the United States and abroad. Rinaldi and his wife, Jacqueline, currently reside in Connecticut. ... More Information.

No registration required for the program which is suggested for adults age18 or older. $3 suggested donation. Barnum Museum members, Fairfield University students and professors are all free.

Distinguished Fairfield University Professor Emeritus and Author, Nicholas Rinaldi


Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

An Evening with the Executive Director, Kathleen Maher
By special invitation - Exclusively for Barnum Museum Vision Members.

Maher 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. RSVP to to (203) 331-1104, ext.100, or


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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