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

$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?

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.

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