Dear Friends of The Barnum Museum,
an extraordinary year 2014 has been! We have completed vision planning for the
Museum's future exhibits with designers BRC Imagination Arts; restoration of the
landmark building has begun; we have welcomed thousands of guests from all over
the world to our many programs, tours and outreach events; we are launching a
new exciting children's program; and we are thrilled to reinvigorate our membership
family after a brief hiatus during disaster recovery. 2014 has truly been a year
With the holidays approaching, and
the season of gift-giving upon us, I hope you will consider a tax-deductible gift
to The Barnum Museum! Your gift will truly help us continue our work and bring
inspiring new programs to all museum goers. The passion and enthusiastic encouragement
of friends like you has inspired us to achieve wonderful things and bring a new
and vibrant 21st century to life.
Our new Mission
Statement is "To inspire curiosity, creativity and confidence through
look forward to upholding these meaningful words and continue our service of giving
joy and happiness to all.
Please think of the
Museum during this holiday season and make a gift toward our continued efforts.
You can also give a gift of membership to a loved one. Every contribution helps
us move closer toward a vibrant restoration and reinvigorated Barnum Museum experience!
BRC Imagination Arts concept design for the future.
sincere thanks and all best wishes for a wonderful Holiday Season to you and your
The Barnum Museum
"The Noblest Art
is that of Making Others Happy"
P.T. Barnum, 1886
make checks payable to The Barnum Museum, or contribute online below.
contributions are tax deductible.
Barnum Museum in Bridgeport presents programs in December
to end the 2014
calendar year in P.T. Barnum style.
Museum gallery will be on open
on Friday, November 28th
from 11 a.m. to
The Barnum Museum will be closed on:
Thurs., November 27th
Christmas Day, Thurs., December 25th
New Year's Day, Thurs., January 1st
Friday, January 2nd
Museum gallery will re-open on January 8th and 9th
with regular Thursday and
Friday hours of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
the Winter Season, please check this website
for announcements regarding weather-related
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 museum 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
December 10, 2014 at 12:15 p.m.
the Season at The Barnum Museum Sneak Peek
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
No registration required. $3 Suggested Donation. Free for museum
members and kids under 12.
December 14, 2014, 2 p.m.
the Season at The Barnum Museum
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.
December 16, 2014 at 12:00 noon
Becoming Tom Thumb:
The Dawn of American Celebrity
Author Eric Lehman illustrates the meteoric
rise of America's first international celebrity, Connecticut's own Charles Stratton,
better known as General Tom Thumb.
Under the skillful management
of P.T. Barnum, the twenty-five-inch-tall Stratton charmed a Who's Who of the
19th century, from Queen Victoria to Abraham Lincoln, with his comedic talents,
playing to sold-out shows for almost 40 years. After Mr. Lehman's lecture, we'll
ask ourselves whether we have become a celebrity obsessed culture. Join Lehman,
moderator Diane Smith and Maryellen Fillo, JAVA columnist for The Hartford Courant
for a lively panel discussion. Co-sponsored by The Barnum Museum.
to be held at The Old State House, 800 Main Street, Hartford, CT. Registration
is encouraged, but not required. You can register for this program here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RQTVZQ3
valid for discount rates if you bring your parking ticket to the Old State House.
Guests are invited to bring their lunch for the lecture. Questions about this
program, please call 860-522-6766.
Presented by Tufts University
Andrew McClellan, Professor of Art History
Interim Chair of Romance Languages
1889, P.T. Barnum wrote, "The Noblest Art Is That Of Making Others Happy."
Although written 125 years ago, these words still underscore The Barnum Museum's
vision and mission. As one of the longest ongoing museums in the nation, the museum
remains true to P.T. Barnum's original mission; 'Instructive Entertainment.' For
over a century, families from around the world have visited The Barnum Museum
and experienced wonder, curiosity, surprise and enrichment. With exhibits ranging
from a 4,000 year-old mummy to the recently acquired 'Centaur of Tymfi,' the Museum
continues to amaze and enthrall guests of all ages.
Today, the Museum is
emerging from damage sustained from a series of natural disasters and forging
exciting plans for the future. We are thrilled to be working with BRC Imagination
Arts (the award winning, world renowned exhibit designers) to create new and vibrant
exhibits that offer learning through exploration, imagination, and innovation,
stimulating the power of creativity and sparking intellectual curiosity!
invite you to join us as a Vision Member and be a
part of The Barnum Museum's history! As a Vision Member, you will have the opportunity
to be enthralled by the wonderful and compelling stories of Barnum's glorious
past, stories that will capture your imagination and create memories to last a
Vision Member benefits include:
admission to Museum programs.
complimentary copy of P.T. Barnum's famous book, The Art of Money Getting.
Only" previews of new exhibitions & events.
Behind-the-Scenes Tours with the Curator.
"Evening with the Director" soiree.
to the Annual Meeting & Reception.
hope you will consider joining as a Vision Member,
and become part of The Barnum Museum legacy. Please know how important Museum
members are to our on-going objective to offer enriching programs! Simply click
here and conveniently join today! As you consider your membership, please
also consider giving an extra gift in support of the Museum's continuing programs,
or give a gift membership to a friend or family member. As always, your contribution
On behalf of The Barnum Museum, I sincerely thank you
for your kindness and support, and we look forward to serving you with enriching
With much Gratitude,