See the story of P.T. Barnums rise
to the most famous showman in American
School Companys BARNUM!!!!
these clips from recent performances:
Regional Business Council's
Leadership Greater Bridgeport
at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard
in the Spirit of the Barnum Museum
16, 2015 -Leadership Greater Bridgeport, an affiliate of the Bridgeport Regional
Business Council, (LGB), will unveil the newly designed skybox at The Ballpark
at Harbor Yard in the spirit of the Barnum Museu. ... more
in American Life: Pets, Performers, and Zoos
in March and continuing through May, The Barnum Museum will host an array of animal-themed
programs that explore topics such as the history of pet ownership, the story of
Jumbo the elephant and other 19th century elephants, the history of zoo-keeping,
and Connecticut's own Beardsley Zoo. A portion of the program series is funded
by a grant from Connecticut
Humanities, a non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
the Connecticut Humanities Grant for Animals in American Life press release.
check this website for announcements regarding weather-related closures.
Programs Offered through the Beardsley Zoo:
Saturday April 04, 2015 9:00am - 12:00 Noon
Tight Lines Youth Fishing Rodeo
Sunday April 12, 2015
click here for flyer and more information.
fragment of elephant tusk from P. T. Barnum's famed "White Elephant,"
which he acquired from Burma in the mid-1880s. There was intense rivalry between
Barnum and his competitor Adam Forepaugh concerning white elephants, each one
claiming that the other's was a fake. Photo Credit: Collection of The Barnum
8 at 12:15 p.m.
Elephants in the Museum: Stories of Elephant Artifacts
and Images in The Barnum Museum's Collection presented by Adrienne Saint-Pierre,
Barnum Museum Curator
lunchtime Sneak Peek program focuses on a variety of elephant artifacts in The
Barnum Museum collection. These include a piece of Barnum's "White Elephant"
tusk, a beautiful color poster from the 1880s featuring performing elephants,
a rare printed handkerchief depicting the life story of Jumbo, a color print created
in honor of "Baby Bridgeport," the second elephant born in America,
right here in Bridgeport, and more.
registration required. $3 Suggested Donation. Free for museum members and kids
under 12. Bring a brown bag lunch if you wish.
Scott, Jumbo's faithful keeper, is shown feeding the 11-1/2-foot tall elephant,
whose popularity with the public of all ages became legendary and made him a celebrity
on both sides of the Atlantic. Photo Credit: Collection of The Barnum Museum|
April 19 at 2 p.m.
Jumbo: Marvel, Myth, and Mascot
by Dr. Andrew McClellan of Tufts University
celebration of the arrival of Jumbo, the famous African Elephant, in America on
April 9, 1882, this program will explore the fascinating story of the larger-than-life
celebrity whom P. T. Barnum purchased from the London Zoo. His legacy lives on
today: "jumbo" is now a common adjective used to describe anything very,
very large. Jumbo's image has been used by many companies as a marketing tool,
and at the height of his popularity all kinds of household objects were made with
elephants in their design. Dr. Andrew McClellan, professor of Art History at Tufts
University, will present an illustrated talk with rarely seen images relating
to the great beast's life. Dr. McClellan is an expert on Jumbo, having recently
curated the exhibition, Jumbo: Marvel, Myth and Mascot (2014), and authored an
accompanying book by the same title.
registration required. $5 Suggested Donation. Free for museum members and kids
May 13 at 12:15 pm.
Zoomobile!: Animals and Animal Artifacts
presented by Michelle Gaudreau, Beardsley Zoo Educator
Beardsley Zoo Zoomobile will pay an an informal lunchtime "show and tell"
visit to the museum, bringing small animals to meet program attendees. Michelle
Gaudreau, Beardsley Zoo Educator, will talk about these and other animals at the
zoo, and show a variety of animal artifacts that people can explore through touch.
Come learn about wild animals and animal conservation programs at the Beardsley
Zoo, as well as what we discover by looking at animal "artifacts" like
skulls and bones.
No registration required.
$3 Suggested Donation. Free for museum members and kids under 12. Bring a brown
bag lunch if you wish.
May 17 at 2 pm.
Connecticut's Beardsley Park and Zoo:
A History of Land
by Gregg Dancho, Executive Director, Beardsley Zoo
Executive Director, Gregg Dancho will present a program about this National Register
site's early history, beginning with the gift of land to the City of Bridgeport
in the 1880s, and its transformation to a professionally-staffed, accredited zoo.
Dancho's talk will also discuss how zoo-keeping philosophies have changed over
the years. He began his career there as a volunteer and worked his way up to become
park director in 1983. Beardsley Zoo, with more than 150 acres, is listed on the
National Register of Historic Places. It began acquiring wild animals as inhabitants
in the 1920's and was officially transformed into a zoo in the 1980's. Dancho
will explain the parks' philosophies on acquiring and keeping wild animals as
well as information about the many conservation actions in place at the zoo.
will discuss the zoo's current work to ensure the survival of Siberian (Amur)
No registration required. $5 Suggested
Donation. Free for museum members and kids under 12. For information about the
zoo contact 203-364-6565 or visit beardsleyzoo.org.
Barnum Museum remembers longtime friend Bob Genualdi
Post, 03/17/15, P. Boros:
Friends of The Barnum Museum,
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.
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.
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.
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
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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,