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: 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
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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The spectacular helmet and two partial face
masks, along with the red leather covered box gilded with the Matsumae family
crest, are included in the exhibition, Samurai and the Culture of Japan's Great
Peace. They will be displayed through January 3, 2016, when the exhibition closes.
A lively video production of the program,
in which the contents of the box were revealed to the public by a team of experts,
is currently in production and will be included on the Barnum Museum's web site
by early January. Stay tuned!
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.
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!