2015 programs will offer some fascinating opportunities
February, The Barnum Museum is offering limited events. Check this website
should weather concerns arise.
museum's recently adopted new mission statement is: To inspire curiosity,
creativity and confidence through instructive entertainment. The back exhibition
hall of the museum is open for viewing and exploration on Thursdays and Fridays
from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features artifacts that belonged to P.T. Barnum, Tom
Thumb and others. To learn more about The Barnum Museum's current programs visit
our website often. You can also visit the museum on Facebook
or communicate on Twitter @BarnumMuseum.
Sunday, February 8 at 2 pm - Snow date
Five Things Everyone Should
Know About the Native Archaeology of Connecticut
by the Connecticut State Archaeologist, Dr. Brian Jones.
museum maintains an early history of collecting in the 1880s and 1890s which includes
Native American artifacts. Dr. Jones will talk about and illustrate some of the
Native American archaeology sites in Connecticut.
provides an important laboratory for the global study of human adaptation to changing
social and natural environments. Five key topics stand out that everyone in Connecticut
should understand about the past.
the colonization of an uninhabited Ice Age landscape
to post-glacial habitats
development of formalized exchange networks
for feeding a growing population
development of politically complex societies.
examination of these topics indicates that the archaeology of the state provides
fertile ground for understanding not only Native American ways if living, but
the social, economic and political challenges shared by many societies around
became Connecticut's State Archaeologist in July, 2014. Dr. Jones worked as an
archaeologist since 1992 for AHS/PAST Inc., the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and
Research Center and Archaeological Services at UMass Amherst. He received his
Ph.D. in Anthropology at UConn in 1998. Jones has a broad background in New England
archaeology that spans the Paleoindian period through the industrial era. Jones
has traveled extensively in Southeast Asia and lived and studied in Germany for
three years. Jones lives in Glastonbury with his wife and two high school-aged
$5 suggested donation, members
February 13 - 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Side Show P.T. Barnum Style?
Maher, Executive Director of The Barnum Museum in Bridgeport will share insight
into the side show elements Barnum used so effectively during his years presenting
School of Art, 1156 Chapel St., New Haven, Room G32. This event is held as
part of the school's
Side Show exhibition. It is free and open to the public. Contact the Chapel
Street Gallery for questions, parking suggestions or call 203-432-2600.
Show is an exhibition investigating the intersection of fine art and the historical
popular entertainment world of the carnival sideshow, in which the bodily display
of the abnormal, human or animal, is the focus of each piece," explained
Lisa Kereszi, Exhibit Curator at the Yale School of Art. "Sideshows existed
just beyond or to the side of the mainstream carnival or circus midway, offering
a spectacle of oddity in a makeshift tent. It would feature human oddities, "freaks,"
such as bearded women, the fat lady, the skeleton man, the conjoined, or 'Siamese'
twins. Sideshows were a form of popular entertainment for the masses looking to
forget their worries, cares, fears and problems.
Yale School of Art (YSA) launches its 2015 season at the
32 Edgewood Avenue Gallery with Side Show, an exhibition
devoted to the believe it or not world of the American sideshow, in
which display of the abnormal and bizarre was the focus of the event.
view January 13Mar. 20, 2015, the exhibition is free and open to the
public TuesdaysSundays from noon to 6 p.m.
presents more than 70 works by 29 artists including Diane Arbus, Otto Dix,
John Waters, and Riva Lehrer ranging from the mid-18th century to the present.
The show includes original sideshow banners, props, promotional cards,
photographs, historical ephemera, and works of art inspired by circus and carnival
culture from the Yale University Art Gallery (YUAG), Yale Medical School Library,
the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the International Center of Photography,
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and private collections.
| Press Release
| Curator's Statement
| Exhibition Related Programs
Friends of The Barnum Museum,
What an extraordinary
year 2014 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. 2014 has truly been a year to celebrate!
the holidays approaching, and the season of gift-giving upon us, 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 during this holiday season 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
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.
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Museum: a state marvel in the making?
Connecticut Post | Phyllis A.S.
Boros | 12/19/14
to be completed in a few years, Bridgeport's "new" museum will be unlike
anything ever seen in the Park City -- or, for that matter, in the whole of New
That's a bold prediction, but
one that Kathleen Maher believes will be the case when the doors reopen -- perhaps
by 2020 -- to the 1893 Barnum Museum, which was horribly damaged by a tornado
in June 2010. ... Read
Presented by Tufts University
Andrew McClellan, Professor of Art History
Interim Chair of Romance Languages
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.
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.
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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,