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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.


The Barnum Museum to offer Imagination Station backpacks to visitors

From August 14 to 30, The Barnum Museum in Bridgeport will offer a new Empathy Character Hope Opportunity (ECHO) program called Imagination Station to families visiting the museum Thursday through Saturday. Young visitors will be given an Imagination Station backpack to use while they are in the museum. The backpacks containing items and clues that can be used to discover many of the fascinating wonders found in the museum that surround P.T. Barnum, the City of Bridgeport and the Victorian era. The goal of the Imagination Station is to provide a fun and memorable hands-on experience not only for children but for the whole family. ... More Information.






May signals the arrival of the
Lost and Found Circus in Bridgeport
A display of whimsical sculptures
by Susan Tabachnick

The 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 The assemblages give "new life" to items originally made for other purposes.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 information.

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.

The workshop 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. ... more information.


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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