At a time when everything feels uncertain, we find comfort and inspiration in knowing that you care about the Museum, and we need your support now more than ever.

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

A time to reflect.  A time to give thanks.

Holly BellsAs we take time to reflect on the challenges of 2020, the Barnum Museum shares your wishes for a peaceful and joyous year to come.  I want to extend our sincere gratitude to you, our friends, neighbors and community, who have inspired us during Covid-19, as we continue to re-envision to meet the needs, desires and curiosities of our new world.

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

Your generosity will truly help us continue our work to create illuminating programs and events to inspire the world’s thinkers, dreamers and innovators.

I know I don’t have to tell you how imposing 2020 has been on our lives, our families and our shared humanity.  We’ve worked together to find new ways of communicating, new ways to work, worship and celebrate, never ceasing to explore and embrace the opportunities that Zoom, FaceTime and ‘lawn-visits’ present.  We have endured.  My hope is that you’ve found peace and balance as we head into 2021, and that our year ahead will be filled with extraordinary health and happiness.

As the Barnum Museum continues to navigate Covid-19 into 2021, a financial contribution from dear friends like you is more meaningful now than ever, and I hope we can count on your generosity with a holiday year-end gift!  We will continue to build new digital programs for your enjoyment and courageously prepare for a magnificent reopening, welcoming back live-action events, programs and activities.  Your kindness will help us make 2021 the best year ever!

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

Stay well, stay strong! 

Kathleen Maher,
Executive Director

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

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.