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

So many wondrous things… If you are already a subscriber to the Barnum Museum YouTube Channel, we’re so grateful to you for being the among the first pioneers to build this new community! 

Trumpets, “Venus,” and a Young Man, Heading to America

This week we’ll follow up on the status of new attractions Barnum planned for his American Museum in New York, and learn about another of his “good turns” to help out a friend. 

Community Engagement Message from the Executive Director

Curious People Wanted!!  If you continued reading…my guess is that you are indeed a ‘curious person’!  GREAT!  And, welcome!  Today, the Barnum Museum is launching a new YouTube program – you guessed it – Curious People Wanted! 

Barnum and Catlin

In this week’s blog we’ll explore the connection between P. T. Barnum and a lawyer-turned-artist, author, and showman, a man quite famous in his own right, George Catlin. 

Hard Feelings about “Soft Soap”

Over the last few weeks our blog stories have centered on P. T. Barnum’s “stateside” connections and activities, as he directed his American Museum from afar and corresponded with family members in Connecticut. 

Community Engagement Message from the Executive Director

So Much to Talk About These Days! The Barnum Museum is fortunate to have extraordinarily talented artists, performers, writers, thinkers, designers and innovators as part of its century-old service to our community. 

“A Heart to Feel for Others More”

Since this is the week when families in America traditionally gather—in normal times—to celebrate Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season, it seems appropriate to share another of P. T. Barnum’s letters home to his wife, Charity, with updates on the family matters we’ve been exploring in previous letters. 

Community Engagement Message from the Executive Director

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! And, off we go into a ‘different’ but all the same joyful holiday season!

“The Laborer is Worthy of his Hire”

Over the last several weeks we’ve gotten to know some of the key staff members of P. T. Barnum’s team at the American Museum in New York, by piecing together details from the letters Barnum wrote from France. 

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