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Join Executive Director Kathleen Maher and the Barnum Museum’s staff and friends for regular updates on all things Barnum.

P.T. Barnum: Fiction vs. Fact!

Have you wondered what about The Greatest Showman movie portrayal of P.T. Barnum was honest-to-goodness real, and what was good old-fashioned Barnum humbug?

Director’s Update: State Bonding!

I am writing with an off-cycle update because there is some wonderful news to share: acting on a request from the Bridgeport legislative delegation, last week the Connecticut State Bond Commission approved a $6.9 million grant-in-aid for the Barnum Museum.

From the Director: Summer 2018

From the Director’s Desk: Celebrating Barnum at the heart of Connecticut!

Caroline Barnum

This month we can celebrate the birthday of Caroline Barnum, P.T.’s oldest daughter, who was born May 27, 1833.

Jumbo Arrives in America

On this week in 1882 Jumbo arrived in the United States.

From the Director: Spring 2018

It’s pretty clear around these parts that the first part of 2018 has been the story of The Greatest Showman.

No More Pink Teas

In celebration of Women’s History Month, on Sunday, March 25, the Barnum Museum will welcome Progressive-era suffrage historian Joanie DiMartino for “No More Pink Teas,” a talk about how national and Connecticut suffragists participated in a surge of militant political activism that led to women gaining the right to vote in 1920.

General Tom Thumb & the “Fairy Wedding”

Charles Stratton was born January 4, 1838 in Bridgeport, Connecticut to Sherwood Stratton and Cynthia Thompson. A large baby at about 9 pounds, midway through his first year he stopped growing and never grew more than 40-42 inches tall.

Happy 125th to the Barnum Museum!

Sunday, February 18, 2018 marks a historic moment for the Barnum Museum: our 125th birthday. On February 18, 1893 the iconic Barnum Institute of Science and History first opened its doors to the public, and has been welcoming guests from around the globe ever since!

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