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.,
Christmas Day, Thurs., December 25th
Friday, December 26th
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.
the Winter Season, please check this website
for announcements regarding weather-related
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.
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
December 10, 2014 at 12:15 p.m.
the Season at The Barnum Museum Sneak Peek
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
No registration required. $3 Suggested Donation. Free for museum
members and kids under 12.
December 14, 2014, 2 p.m.
the Season at The Barnum Museum
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.
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.
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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RQTVZQ3
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.
contact the Museum for Membership information at