Our Envisioning the Future!
exhibit, featuring artifacts that belonged to P.T. Barnum, Tom Thumb and others,
is open for viewing and tours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m on Thursdays and Fridays
year round, except for the following holidays: Thanksgiving (Nov. 26,
2015); Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (Dec. 24 & 25, 2015); and New
Year's Day (Jan. 1, 2016). The exhibit is in the People's United Bank Gallery
behind the historic Museum building.
Please note: The historic
portion of the Museum building is closed during restoration and rehabilitation
of the landmark structure. The Museum offices and exhibit gallery are now
located in the People's United Bank Gallery (the modern wing at the rear of the
historic building). Follow signs pointing to the entrance from the plaza. The
doors are open only during gallery and program hours.
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Museum Awarded Grant to Film Unveiling of Unusual Artifact
Barnum Museum will reveal the contents of this unusual box on Saturday, Nov. 7th
at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.
grant of $9,995 awarded to The Barnum Museum by Connecticut Humanities will enable
the museum to present a public program on Nov. 7 in which a rare and unusual artifact,
in storage for decades, will be revealed for the first time and thoroughly examined
by a team of experts as it is filmed by Firelight Media Group, LLC, of Monroe,
The Barnum Museum has partnered with the
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven, Conn. to present the program
during their current special exhibition, also funded in part by Connecticut Humanities.
Experts from Yale University and The Barnum Museum's Curator will be talking with
the audience about what they discover. The program will take place on Saturday,
November 7, 2015 in the Great Hall at the Yale Peabody Museum.
"We are thrilled to have such a perfect opportunity to
finally learn about a rare artifact which has been in our collection for a number
of years but never examined," said Kathleen Maher, Executive Director of
The Barnum Museum. "It is an honor and pleasure to be working with the staff
of the Yale Peabody Museum to present this public program, tapping into the expertise
of the curatorial and conservation team." ... Read
Sidelines to Headlines: The Intrepid Nellie Bly
popular game board from the 1890s celebrated Nellie Bly's record-breaking global
Join us for a
delightful afternoon of lively entertainment and seasonal refreshments on Sunday,
October 18th at 2 p.m. when storyteller-historian Sharon Twickler takes on
the role of 19th century journalist Nellie Bly. If the name Nellie Bly sounds
familiar but you've forgotten just who she was, this little ditty will remind
you of her most famous publicity stunt:
Verne declared in eighty days A man the trip could do, Along trots Nellie
Bly and does The job in seventy-two"
pioneering journalist and author, Nellie Bly began her incredible trip around
the world in 1889, arriving back in New Jersey on January 25, 1890, in just 72
days, to the astonishment of all. Even P.T. Barnum was impressed and cabled a
message to Nellie which he promptly released to the press:
an American who knows by experience the difficulties and dangers of travel, I
congratulate Miss Bly on her most remarkable success, personal pluck and courage.
I look in her direction for new popular features in my show."
less impressed was the American public, captivated by the young woman who seemed
to fear nothing. The daring and resourceful Nellie Bly, whose real name was Elizabeth
Jane Cochrane, was far ahead of her time in the challenges she took on as a woman
forging a place for herself in the male-dominated field of journalism.
Sharon Twickler dresses as Nellie Bly for the presentation.
in a checked wool suit and cap just like those Miss Bly wore on her global travels,
storyteller-historian Sharon Twickler will present "Nellie" as she might
have appeared on her national tour following her record-breaking trip. "Nellie"
will regale you with her adventures, travels, and storied life including her personal
accounts of the lives of the prominent people she interviewed, and her infamous
"ten days in a mad house," in which she went undercover to investigate
a mental asylum.
Our afternoon program with Nellie
Bly will begin with seasonal hors d'oeuvres and hot beverages at 2 p.m., in the
People's United Bank Gallery (enter behind the historic Barnum Museum building.)
Ms. Twickler's dramatic presentation will begin at about 2:30 p.m. Ms. Twickler
studied history at the University of Connecticut and nineteenth century culture
at the Bard Graduate Center in New York City; she developed her presentation after
she became fascinated with Nellie Bly's story about two years ago.
for Barnum Museum Members is $5 per person, up to four guests per member. Admission
for non-members is $10 per person. Seating is limited; please RSVP no later
than noon on Friday, October 16th. 2015. Call (203) 331-1104 ext. 100
or send email to: email@example.com.
What an extraordinary
time it 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.
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.
new Mission Statement is "To inspire curiosity, creativity and confidence
through instructive entertainment."
truly look forward to upholding these meaningful words and continue our service
of giving joy and happiness to all.
of the Museum 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.
Maher, Executive Director, The Barnum Museum
Noblest Art is that of Making Others Happy" P.T. Barnum, 1886
make checks payable to The Barnum Museum, or contribute online below. All
contributions are tax deductible.
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invite you to join us as a Vision Member and be a part of The Barnum Museum's
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
lifetime. Vision Member benefits include:
admission to Museum programs.
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, Kathleen Maher Executive Director
now to help the Barnum Museum Recovery!
historic structure of The Barnum Museum has been closed to the public since a
tornado struck the City of Bridgeport on June 24, 2010 without warning and caused
major damage to the building. The Museum's modern wing, People's United Bank Gallery,
is open on a limited schedule: Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and
for programs and lectures at other times.
can help sustain this legacy of P. T. Barnum by donating to the Museum's restoration
Listed on the National
Register of Historic Places, the unique 1893 landmark is the only remaining structure
in the country that is directly related to the great showman and icon of American
entertainment history. Thank you for your generosity!