The future of the Museum and our ability to carry on the legacy of P.T. Barnum depends on the continued financial support of loyal patrons like you!

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

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

As we take time to reflect on 2019 and celebrate the year to come, I want to extend our sincere gratitude to you, our friends, neighbors and community who inspire us to achieve wonderful things every day.

2020 is the Barnum Museum’s season to look forward.

It is time to make the dream of creating a modern, memorable museum experience come to life and we need your help to bring the vision to reality.

During this season of giving, please consider a gift to the Barnum Museum!

Your generosity will truly help us continue our work to build a new and vibrant Museum for the future.

The re-envisioned Barnum Museum will be a contemporary, wondrous showplace where people from around the world can get to know Barnum and his place in a transitioning America – a place to be inspired by Barnum’s story, share his journey of struggle and triumphs, and enjoy the happiness he worked so hard to convey.

As Director of this remarkable American landmark, I want to extend my thanks to the extraordinary community of supporters and well-wishers who elevate me throughout the year.  I am immensely grateful to our guests, our global community of subscribers and the hundreds of passionate history enthusiasts who are selfless with kind words and encouragement.  I work in service to you.

So much of what we’ve accomplished has been due to the financial support of friends like you, who recognize the vital role the Barnum Museum plays in our community. I hope we can count on your generosity with a meaningful year-end gift!

With sincere thanks and all best wishes for a wonderful  Holiday Season to you and your family!


Kathleen Maher,
Executive Director

Barnum Museum is a charitable organization pursuant to section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Service. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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Donate Online:

Donate by Credit Card:

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, payable to The Barnum Museum, 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.