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 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.
Barnum Museum to offer Imagination Station backpacks to visitors
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.
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give "new life" to items originally made for other purposes.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. ...
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