In 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
- Free admission to
- A 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! Consider
conveniently joining today online! 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 experiences!
With much Gratitude,
1886, P.T. Barnum wrote,
"The Noblest Art Is That Of Making Others Happy."
No one embodies these words more than Robin Williams.
Williams was a master of making people happy
and infecting us with joy and
through his generous spirit and divine artistry.
honor Robin and his family, we ask everyone who reads this
to make it your
task today, and everyday
to give someone the gift of laughter and kindness.
Make someone smile. There is no greater gift...or nobler art.
you, Robin, for the Happiness.
The Barnum Museum
Barnum Museum to offer Imagination Station backpacks to visitors
August 14 to 30, The Barnum Museum in Bridgeport will offer a new Empathy
Character Hope Opportunity (ECHO) program called Imagination Station to families
visiting the museum Thursday through Saturday. Young visitors will be given an
Imagination Station backpack to use while they are in the museum. The backpacks
containing items and clues that can be used to discover many of the fascinating
wonders found in the museum that surround P.T. Barnum, the City of Bridgeport
and the Victorian era. The goal of the Imagination Station is to provide a fun
and memorable hands-on experience not only for children but for the whole family.
The Barnum Museum is now featuring an amazingly original display, Lost and Found
Circus: A Creative Balancing Act by Bridgeport artist Susan Tabachnick. The
exhibition features a circus-themed presentation of small sculptures created with
found objects, many of them incorporating old industrial parts and small tools.
The components are not altered in any way, but are assembled into whimsical sculptures
suggestive of the lively energy and humor that characterizes the circus. The assemblages
give "new life" to items originally made for other purposes. Tabachnick
never forces the unions and she doesn't weld or glue the pieces together; they
must fit or balance.
The Thursday, Friday and
Saturday hours at the museum are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ... more