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:

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Barnum Museum, I want to thank you for your support and encouragement of the Barnum and its many educational and enriching programs and events.  Your support has been vital to the Barnum Museum’s success, and we are truly grateful.

Our world has changed dramatically in the past five months. How many times have we heard “these are challenging times” and we all nod in agreement?  Just as we are finding ways to overcome these challenges in our personal lives, the Barnum Museum is striving to meet new challenges resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.

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. I am reaching out to you personally as we are launch our 2020 “The Show Must Go On” Annual Appeal.

With our renown spirit of determination, we are focused on quickly adapting to our changing times while sustaining daily operations and providing innovative services to our many communities; all while still upholding our mission statement: “To inspire curiosity, creativity and confidence through instructive entertainment”.  The Barnum Museum has a bright future, but there are many challenges ahead.  Our collective efforts are engaged to meet the world’s new demands, and we are discovering wondrous opportunities as we think, innovate, share and build a new inspirited Barnum Museum!

As stated in more detail in our Appeal Brochure, this year’s appeal is essential to help fund both our operational expenses, and a new innovative virtual media initiative designed to spark interest and imagination for all those we serve.

Therefore, we would be more grateful than ever for your generous support at this critical time, at whatever level is best for you. Please know that your gift of any amount is genuinely appreciated, will be carefully stewarded, and is critical to the financial and educational health of the Barnum Museum at this time.

Your contribution will enable the Staff to continue to seek new sources of funding, creatively showcase the astounding treasures of the Barnum Museum, and tell the remarkable stories of the life and times of P.T. Barnum.  It is a new reality, and we hope you will join us in this new journey!

With Gratitude and wishing you and your family good health,

Robert Cardillo, Chairman of the Board
The Barnum Museum Board of Directors

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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.