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

Piling Up the Tin!

Last week I began delving into a treasure trove of letters by P. T. Barnum, all written while he was traveling in France in 1845 and 1846, and I discovered how French towns influenced Barnum’s vision for young American cities like Bridgeport

Community Engagement Message from the Executive Director

Greetings, everyone— I truly hope this past week has been a healthy one for you and your loved ones, and also that you have found your daily “stride inside” during this period when most of us must remain at home.

Barnum’s Park City: A Bit of France in Bridgeport?

There’s an opportunity here while working from home—a few more quiet moments to “mine” P. T. Barnum’s letters in the immense (750+-page) volume compiled while he was on tour with “General Tom Thumb” in France.

Community Engagement Message from the Executive Director

Hello to all our dear friends quarantining at home and dutifully observing the distancing orders.  A heartfelt thank you to all who are on the frontlines of essential services

In Honor of Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Citizens of France

In Honor of Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Citizens of France

Barnum, Jumbo & Dumbo!  

We are eagerly awaiting the March 29, 2019 release of Disney’s DUMBO motion picture and excited that another Hollywood blockbuster has a P.T. Barnum connection!

$50,000 Grant received from Avangrid Foundation

Barnum Museum Receives a $50,000 Grant from Avangrid Foundation Primary Purpose is to Illuminate the Exterior of the Historic And Dynamic Structure 

The Greatest Digitization Project on Earth

The Barnum Museum is delighted to be a must-see destination for researchers from around the world, drawn by the remarkable story of P.T. Barnum’s life and contributions to American culture.

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?

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