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. 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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May 24, 2016 - Next year
marks the 100th Anniversary of this country's entry into World War One. In an
effort to help preserve this significant part of our history, the Barnum Museum
in Bridgeport will be assisting the Connecticut State Library in gathering old
photos, documents, mementoes and other materials from the war to digitize them
and preserve them in the Connecticut Digital Archives. On Tuesday May 24th
from 11:00am until 3:00pm, area residents can bring in their photos, letters and
other keepsakes to have them made in to digital copies, safely and easily. ...
was heavily involved in manufacturing munitions and arms even before the U.S.
entered the war. Do you have ancestors who worked in the factories? Credit: Connecticut
Digital Newspaper Project
need not be Connecticut-related. This photograph from Washington, D.C. shows soldiers
returning from the war. Credit: Library of Congress
Museum People, a NEMA (New England Museum Association)-produced podcast that celebrates
individuals connected with the museum field by highlighting their work, passions,
opinions, and personalities. Download Podccast Episode Eight: Barnum Museum Executive
Director Kathy Maher tells what its like to recover from multiple disasters
of biblical proportions: Episode
In short order
for The Barnum Museum in Bridgeport beginning June 24, 2010, the red stone and
terra cotta landmark was the victim of a tornado that homed in like the museum
had a bulls-eye on it. That was followed by hurricane Irene and Superstorm
Piling on the injuries, the museums
20,000 artifacts many of them paper were in danger of the same fate
as Tom Thumbs carriage, which is now restored, but which was ravaged to
the point of destruction by the uncontrolled humidity that accompanied the more
explosive weather damage.
To date, $3.8 million
has been spent salvaging artifacts and shoring up the building.
would seem the sort of karmic pile-up to send a responsible person searching for
cover or even for the egress, P.T. Barnums famous exit sign.
so in the case of Alice Ferreira, who was named chairwoman of The Barnum Museum
board of directors in January. ... Read
of the Samurai Box Revealed ... With an audience of 300 curious onlookers,
the Barnum Museum, assisted by Yale Peabody Museum staff, revealed for the first
time the contents of a samurai armor box in the museum collection. (Program on
Barnum Museum Names Alice Ferreira Chairperson of the Board
Barnum Museum has named Alice Ferreira chairman of the board of directors of The
Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, Conn.
member since 2009, she recently served as Secretary for the Museum. She is currently
a vice president for corporate communications for UnitedHealth Group, a Fortune
was the ultimate strategic publicist and a bold and innovative leader and we have
much to learn about him and from him. His enduring legacy continues to inspire
people to tap into their personal power of creativity and imagination, "
she said. " We look forward to keeping his spirit, lessons and stories alive
for generations to come."
are at a crucial point in our history, ready to re-emerge as a center for creativity
and inspiration and a major cultural destination. We are embarking on a re-imagining
of the Museum, and there is no better time to be at the forefront of an organization
that will have a lasting impact on everyone in our community, our country and
the world," said executive director Kathy Maher. ... Read
Barnum Museum: Re-Imagining the Museum
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