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The Barnum Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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While the amount of artifacts they have on display right now is small, the tour guides know so much... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Emily M
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Albrightsville, Pennsylvania
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While the museum used to be larger, due to tornado damage, much of the stuff is packed away... read more

Reviewed January 24, 2019
chofetzchaim
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Conceived and constructed by the great American showman, P.T. Barnum, The Barnum Museum has proudly served an international audience since 1893, and is one of our country's great national treasures. The ornate, exotic building distinguishes the City...more
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820 Main St, Bridgeport, CT 06604-4912
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

While the amount of artifacts they have on display right now is small, the tour guides know so much about everything it doesn't seem like a small museum!! She was able to stop at each artifact and talk about them for a few minutes each,...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Emily M
Reviewed January 24, 2019

While the museum used to be larger, due to tornado damage, much of the stuff is packed away awaiting a renovated space (which will be some years in coming). Nevertheless, there is still a LOT to see and learn about Barnum, the circus, as well...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed December 1, 2018

We stopped here, and really were glad we did. The volunteers were really well-informed and very knowledgeable and the displays were well done. We learned alot about Barnum.

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank merritteanderson
Reviewed November 6, 2018

It's truly sad that perhaps one of the most famous people associated with a circus is associated with a museum that is ONLY open on Thu and Fri for a few hours of the day. It's also located in a crappy part of a crappy...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Alfbullock
Reviewed August 4, 2018

We have been coming to the area for years, but never stopped in. I am glad we visited this small museum. Wished we had visited sooner.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 13, 2018 via mobile

Museum is only open on Thursdays and Fridays, from 11am to 3pm, and Saturdays during the summer. Fantastic artifacts. Funny docent lady with a slide show.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank John P
Reviewed June 15, 2018 via mobile

We got to the museum only to discover most of the building is closed due to tornado damage. The older lady at the entrance offered a tour and mentioned a free will donation. She said the tour would be about 25 minutes but it actually...More

Date of experience: June 2018
4  Thank vhale1955
Reviewed April 16, 2018

Although the museum is undergoing repairs/restoration it is worth the visit...a small or large donation when you enter would help their cause. The items they do have on display are quite unique and interesting enough to investigate the stories of Barnum and Tom Thumb.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed February 17, 2018 via mobile

I brought my girls here as a treat after seeing The Greatest Showman movie. Even though the original building is undergoing much needed restoration, what they do display is still interesting. The curator definitely added some added history as well. We truly enjoyed this experience....More

Date of experience: February 2018
2  Thank Anitafuel
Reviewed July 19, 2017

THe Barnum Museum is one of my favorite places in the greater Bridgeport area! The collection is really amazing. The museum was destroyed a few years ago by a tornado, and it's still not reopened, but they had a small exhibit of some of the...More

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank Butmomwhy
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