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 Events Calendar 

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, Fridays and Saturdays, now through August 30, 2014. 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 info@barnum-museum.org or call (203) 331-1104 x 100.

 

Wednesday, July 23 at 12:15 p.m.

Barnum's Birthday Suit: P.T.'s Personal Possessions! Sneak Peek presented by Adrienne Saint-Pierre, Curato
r

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.

 

The 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.

 

 

Wednesday, August 13 at 12:15 p.m.

Fabulous Fragments: The Preservation of Bridgeport's Architectural Past - Sneak Peek presented by Adrienne Saint-Pierre, Curator of The Barnum Museum

The 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.

 

Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Artist in Residence Workshop: Inventive Play

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 are welcome.

 

 

Thursday, August 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Beauty and the Beast: Three Centuries of Architecture in Connecticut Presented by William Hosley

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.

 

 

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.

 

Thursdays, June 19 thru August 28 at 5:30 p.m.
Downtown 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

 

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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