2018 New Year Appeal

As we look back on 2017, we are thrilled by many accomplishments and excited by what is to come in 2018! The restoration of The Barnum Museum is possible through generous donations by supporters like you.

Here are some ways you can give to sustain the Barnum Museum as a bridge from the past to the future:

Dear Friends,

As we look back on 2017, we are thrilled by many accomplishments and excited by what is to come in 2018! The re-envisioning of the Barnum Museum is moving forward with the assistance of the world-renowned museum designers, BRC Imagination Arts.  Responsible for the designs of the award-winning Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library and Kennedy Space Center, BRC and the Barnum Vision Team are re-inventing the already cherished Museum to become a champion of instructive entertainment and an unprecedented immersive attraction for the world to behold.

The Barnum Museum was ‘book-ended’ by 2 extraordinary events this year.  January 2017 brought the closing of Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Greatest Show on Earth, marking the end of a 146-year-old American enterprise. While December 2017 re-awakened Barnum’s story with the premiere of the 20th Century Fox feature film The Greatest Showman starring Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum! The film is already proving to stimulate a new interest in Barnum and we are overjoyed by the positive responses we have received from movie-goers and curiosity seekers from around the country.  Indeed, Mr. Barnum is relevant today, and his stories of Struggle and Triumph are alive at the Museum for all to discover!

Now, more than ever, we are reminded of P.T. Barnum’s generosity and willingness to help others. In that same spirit, I invite you to join our staff and Board of Directors in making a gift that will support the ongoing re-envisioning of one of our country’s most inspiring legacies. Your donation will allow us to continue the revitalization of the National Register landmark museum and provide programming and operational support for this vital American resource.

I hope you will consider making a gift in support of our mission “To inspire curiosity, creativity and confidence through instructive entertainment.”  With your support we will continue to uphold this vision and provide joy and happiness to all who visit.

With sincere thanks and best wishes for a wonderful New Year!


Kathleen Maher
Executive Director

“The Noblest Art is that of Making Others Happy”  P.T. Barnum, 1886

PS – Please consider making a year-end gift to the Barnum Museum in your own name, or in honor of someone else. Your gift is tax deductible.

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If you would like to donate offline by credit card, please call (203) 331-1104 x 100. We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover.

Donate Checks and Money Orders:

Please mail checks and money orders to:
The Barnum Museum
820 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Donate Cash:

Please do not mail cash. If you’d like to make a cash donation, please visit us during our public hours.

Corporate Sponsorship

Your organization can make a tax-deductible contribution and receive valuable benefits for your employees, customers and other partners. All corporate members receive:

Complimentary passes to the Barnum, Invitations to exclusive exhibit receptions; concierge service and private viewings for special attractions, Recognition on corporate support plaques and the Museum’s website, and Recognition in Museum newsletters and publications.