Community Engagement Message from the Executive Director

Joe Barney!  Performer Extraordinaire! 

Who Is Barnum To YOU?!!

Joe Barney, owner of Center Ring Productions, is an award-winning comedy magician, clown, and Santa Claus, who has spread joy and smiles to countless millions of children-of-all-ages for over 50 years!

Joe’s love of ‘all things Barnum’ is in his blood.  A native of Bridgeport, CT he grew up in the illustrious city that P.T. Barnum called home, and he continues to be one of the Barnum Museum’s greatest champions.  Joe brings laughter, fun and passion to Barnum history…precisely how Mr. Barnum would have wanted it!

Joe’s magical style of entertainment has taken him to the White House, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the Big Apple Circus, Six Flags Theme Parks, Westchester County’s Winter Wonderland and many more.   Joe portrayed Santa Claus at Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square and at the world-famous Rockefeller Center in New York City.  He also appeared as Santa Claus at the Southwick Zoo near Boston and at the Holiday in the Park at the Six Flags Theme Parks.

Joe Barney:

Center Ring Production:

Stay Safe, Stay Strong!

Kathy Maher
Executive Director,
Barnum Museum

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