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, Fridays and Saturdays, now through August 30, 2014. This exhibit
is located in the People's United Bank Gallery adjacent to the historic building.
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.
July 23 at 12:15 p.m.
Barnum's Birthday Suit: P.T.'s Personal Possessions!
Sneak Peek presented by Adrienne Saint-Pierre, Curator
For this month's
informal lunchtime talk, Saint-Pierre will explain that yes indeed, P.T. Barnum
was a real person. His well known name, philanthropic and other "larger than
life" events during the mid to late 1800s, often led people to believe that
P.T. was not approachable. The Museum is the proud steward of many of Barnum's
prized possessions. Come see wonderful items from his daily life including his
winter coat, inkwell, eye glasses and even his wedding top hat! No registration
required. $3 Suggested Donation and kids under 12 are free.
Barnum Museum has become a national model for disaster recovery, and Kathy Maher
has traveled from California to South Carolina speaking at national conferences
on the importance of readiness and response to many natural disasters. Maher will
also explain how the museum has been working to restore the historic building
and is currently planning the re-envision for the future of this iconic and historic
landmark with a 21st Century P.T. Barnum flair. Join us for this fascinating talk
on resilience and perseverance! No registration required. $5 suggested donation
and kids under 12 are free.
August 13 at 12:15 p.m.
Fragments: The Preservation of Bridgeport's Architectural Past - Sneak Peek presented
by Adrienne Saint-Pierre, Curator of The Barnum Museum
Barnum Museum's informal Sneak Peek series continues with programs focusing on
the hidden gems in The Barnum Museum collection. If you have ever driven through
the Main Street of an older town or city, you have probably marveled at the magnificent
homes and buildings forming the streetscape. Thanks to historic preservation champions
throughout the country, thousands of beautiful places have been saved and now
define the unique character of our communities. However, many wonderful buildings
have been lost to the wrecking ball or destroyed by fire, and only fragments and
photographs remain as documents of them. Join Saint-Pierre for a look at some
of the remarkable architectural fragments saved from the glorious buildings of
Bridgeport's past, including Barnum's Iranistan and the Harral-Wheeler Mansion.
No registration required. $5 suggested donation and kids under 12 are free. Visitors
are encouraged to bring their lunch.
August 23, 2014 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Artist in Residence Workshop: Inventive
Artist Susan Tabachnick, creator
of The Lost and Found Circus currently on display at The Barnum Museum until August
30, will lead an informal workshop on creating small sculptures with found objects.
Creativity begins with a good sense of play that leads to discovery and inventiveness.
This "drop in" workshop invites you to "play" with an assortment
of interesting found objects of metal, wood and ceramic to assemble and transform
them into intriguing new objects, perhaps with their own whimsical personalities.
Tabachnick will help you experiment and see the possibilities for how things can
fit together or balance. Found objects are supplied, but you may bring your own
favorites, if you wish. Appropriate for adults and kids, ages 8 and up. (We have
wood blocks for younger children to play with!) Free admission, but donations
August 28 at 6:30 p.m.
the Beast: Three Centuries of Architecture in Connecticut Presented by William
William Hosley is the principal of
Terra Firma Northeast, an independent scholar and former Director of the New Haven
Museum and Connecticut Landmarks. Tastes and visions for grand architecture shift
through time and Connecticut's landscape is spotted with examples of the elegant
and the monstrous! Share in Hosley's explorations and findings, gleaned from many
years photographing Connecticut's architectural features. Hosley will share his
passion for architecture "that is the basis of ingenuity, imagination and
aspiration" and share his desire to protect, preserve and interpret our historic
past. No registration required. $5 suggested donation and kids under 12 are free.
Barnum Museum is now featuring an amazingly original display, Lost and Found Circus:
A Creative Balancing Act by Bridgeport artist Susan Tabachnick. The exhibition
features a circus-themed presentation of small sculptures created with found objects,
many of them incorporating old industrial parts and small tools. The components
are not altered in any way, but are assembled into whimsical sculptures suggestive
of the lively energy and humor that characterizes the circus. The assemblages
give "new life" to items originally made for other purposes. Tabachnick
never forces the unions and she doesn't weld or glue the pieces together; they
must fit or balance.
The Thursday, Friday and
Saturday hours at the museum are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ... more
Susan Tabachnick will run
an Artist in Residence Workshop: Inventive Play on July 16 from 1:30 p.m.
to 3:30 p.m. at The Barnum Museum.
will focus on creating small sculptures with found objects. Creativity begins
with a good sense of "play" that leads to discovery and inventiveness.
This workshop invites attendees to "play" with an assortment of interesting
found objects to assemble and transform them into intriguing new objects, perhaps
with their own whimsical personalities. Tabachnick will help guests experiment
and see the possibilities for how things can fit together or balance. The museum
will supply the found objects, but please feel free to bring your own objects,
especially those made of metal, wood or ceramic. The workshop will be appropriate
for adults and kids, ages 8 and up. $5 per family is the suggested donation. ...
June 19 thru August 28 at 5:30 p.m.
Thursdays at Historic McLevy Green
Music brought to you by the Downtown
Special Services District, the City of Bridgeport and Bridgeport's Art & Culture.
For more information and to get the full schedule go to: downtownthursdays.com
contact the Museum for Membership information at