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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.


Rogues and Renegades!
Political Corruption in Bridgeport: Scandal in the Park City

Sunday, November 9, 2014, 2:00 pm
Rob Sullivan, Author and Journalist

"My ambition is to be a poor politician" -P.T. Barnum

First incorporated in 1836, Bridgeport is notorious for a raucous political history that includes both liberating accomplishments and salacious scandals. Bridgeport has had its fair share of unlawful politicians but the political playground of the city has also seen invigorating leaders who fought hard to bring jobs, industries, and prosperity to the community. The city's most famous mayor was none other than the circus impresario, P.T. Barnum. Join author and reporter Rob Sullivan as he brings the Park City's fiery political history alive. No registration required. $5 Suggested Donation and free for museum members.

No registration required. $5.00 Suggested Donation and kids under 12 are free.



Wednesday, November 19 at 12:15 p.m.

At Home in Barnum's Iranistan:
A Gathering Place for Family, Friends, and Neighbors-Sneak Peek

presented Adrienne Saint-Pierre, The Barnum Museum Curator

Usually when the museum references P. T. Barnum's first mansion, Iranistan, the focus is on its dramatic and unusual architecture, as it was a truly unique structure in Bridgeport's history. This month's Sneak Peek program explores some different topics, such as learning about the people who lived there both upstairs and downstairs, neighbors and visitors and the interior design along with the furnishings. All of these details give us a sense of what it might have been like to live in this palatial home. The talk also celebrates the Barnum family's grand house-warming party, which was held on November 14, 1848, and is presented in conjunction with a recently opened, temporary exhibit about Iranistan, featuring a large-scale model.

No registration required. $3 Suggested Donation. Free for museum members.


Monday, 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 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 are welcome.



Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 12:15 p.m.

Celebrate the Season at The Barnum Museum Sneak Peek

Did 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 season!

No registration required. $3 Suggested Donation. Free for museum members and kids under 12.



Sunday, December 14, 2014, 2 p.m.

Celebrate the Season at The Barnum Museum

A wonderful 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.





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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