Our museum gallery, currently installed in the People’s United Bank Gallery behind the historic Museum building, features artifacts that belonged to P.T. Barnum and Tom Thumb, pieces of historic Bridgeport, and a few extraordinary surprises!Due to the coronavirus outbreak,
our Gallery is now closed.
Our normal hours for viewing and tours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, year-round.


Closed Due to COVID-19

Barnum’s World of Wonders exhibition! Drawing from all corners of the extraordinary Barnum Museum collections, this exhibit brings visitors into the depth and wonder of P.T. Barnum’s life. The exhibit showcases miniature carriages; a grimly fascinating replica of Barnum’s famous Fejee Mermaid; the fantastic Centaur of Tymfi, and General Tom Thumb’s own miniature furniture. Barnum’s World of Wonders has also brought back to display a portion of William “Bill” Brinley's famous miniature circus, which was exhibited for many years in the Museum's historic building. It grew to contain over 3,500 tiny pieces, all hand-crafted, and replicates a 1930's circus.