The Barnum Museum is open from 11am to 3pm on Thursdays and Fridays. However, it is a unique and never-before-seen exhibition entitled "Recovery in Action!" When you come to the Museum, you must go around the back sid eof the historic, iconic building and enter through the modern gallery space attached to the People's United Bank. Here you will see all the artifacts that once were on display in an open format we like to call visible storage. Expert docents are available to give you a tour through the collect which is largely free of interpretive text and organized by function and format instead of theme. See all of the Wheeler furniture amassed in one corner, the marble statues standing tall in a group, and the sewing machines from Howe and Wheeler&Wilson together. And of course, hear the stories they all hold.
Unfortunately, this beautiful historic building commissioned by P.T. Barnum himself is still under construction due to damage sustain by a tornado in June of 2010. When you come to visit us, know that the restoration of the building as our second priority - presenting our fabulous collection free to the public is our first!
A museum is known by its collection and how it is displayed within an artistic, scientific or historical context. The
In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, The Barnum Museum presents two important virtual exhibitions. Heroes of the Home Front examines the changing and expanding role of women in the war efforts. Bridgeport and the Civil War looks at some important ways in which the city of Bridgeport took part in the struggle between the States. Both exhibitions contain detailed text researched and written by museum director Kathy Maher and are augmented by artifact slide shows.
Currently, the virtual
The "Treasures of the Collection" series highlights objects that are not displayed in the Barnum Museum but are of historical importance and interest. The short lectures serve to educate and illuminate the wide influence of P.T. Barnum's life and work. Featured last year were: an Imperial Russian Crest, a Civil War saber, a letter to Barnum from Horace Greeley, a Jenny Lind song book, the Herald of Freedom, a foot warmer, and a small Italian- style statue of Bacchus.