The Barnum Museum remains closed as we ready the site and begin major construction of the historic exterior.  We apologize for this inconvenience, but a new, immersive, 21st century Barnum Museum is on the horizon.

The Barnum Museum has continued efforts to keep the major historic restoration and rehabilitation on track.  The Museum is officially an active construction site, and scaffolding is scheduled to encircle the glorious exterior of the building soon.

We are truly grateful for all your wonderful support as we continue work to save and revitalize the historic landmark!  We regret the need to close our galleries to the public due to construction, but do check out the Barnum Museum YouTube channel, which has over one hundred professionally-produced videos, taking you behind the scenes and offering a wealth of stories about artifacts and little-known tales about P. T. Barnum himself.

The Barnum Museum is closed during construction.  Read More about the restoration process.

Donations to the Barnum Museum are more important than ever!  As we continue to fundraise for the interior re-envisioning, the future of the Museum depends on contributions from donors like you.

Your contribution will enable the Museum to reach our goals:

  • To fully rehabilitate and revitalize the historic Barnum Museum.
  • To sustain the Barnum Museum’s relevance in the educational and tourism communities.
  • To explore and expand new channels of interpretation and programming to meet the needs of 21st century audiences.
  • To define the Museum as a leader in community engagement and intellectual exchange on a local, national and global scale.

It is an exciting time for the Barnum Museum!  We welcome you will join us in this new journey!  THANK YOU!


“The noblest art is that of making others happy.”

“Whatever you do, do it with all your might.”

“Without promotion something terrible happens…nothing!”


The Barnum Museum fulfills P.T. Barnum’s own mission: to inspire curiosity, creativity and confidence through instructive entertainment.

The show must go on!

We need your help.