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

Community Engagement Message from the Executive Director

Happy Fourth of July, everyone! I wish you all an enjoyable and safe holiday weekend—though this is a very different Fourth from all others in our history

They Stared with All the Eyes They Had

Have you ever tried to envision a visit to Barnum’s American Museum?  I find it is a feat of the imagination to reconcile exterior pictures of the museum with the sheer quantity and variety of artifacts

Community Engagement Message from the Executive Director

Greetings, Everyone! Now that we are officially in the summer season, many of you have probably thought back to memorable trips and vacations in past years when we could safely travel and enjoy whatever leisure activities we wished.

Plenty of Fun in “Bridgepork”

In honor of Father’s Day on June 21st, this week’s exploration of P. T. Barnum’s letters from France will focus on several that enlighten us about his role as a father of daughters, and as a father-figure to his protégé Charles Stratton, better known to the world as “Gen. Tom Thumb.”

Community Engagement Message from the Executive Director

A very special, thankful, and Happy Father’s Day to all Dads out there!  

A Mountain of Worries

I suspect there is no time like our present situation to elicit sympathy for another person’s difficult times and worries about their family members’ health.

Community Engagement Message from the Executive Director

Greetings Friends, This week I’d like to do a check-in with you.  How are ya? 

Barnum on “Humbugging & Puffing”

P.T. Barnum’s honesty is one of the attributes we most often hear our visitors question: “Wasn’t he scamming people, making money from hoaxes?” Well, not exactly.

Community Engagement Message from the Executive Director

Greetings, Everyone! These past week three weeks have set the stage for a long-overdue sea change in American society and the fulfillment of a democracy with true justice for all

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