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The Barnum Museum

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Worth The Visit

We have been coming to the area for years, but never stopped in. I am glad we visited this small... read more

Reviewed 4 August 2018
Short but very informative

We got to the museum only to discover most of the building is closed due to tornado damage. The... read more

Reviewed 15 June 2018
Belvidere, Illinois
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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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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
820 Main St, Bridgeport, CT 06604-4912
+1 203-331-1104
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 12 September 2015

A tornado slammed through the Phineas Taylor Barnum museum in Bridgeport, Conn., in 2010, damaging the building and necessitating a multi-year renovation with a hoped-for completion in 2019 or 2020. BUT--you're in luck! One wing of the building, on Main Street, quite near the train...More

4  Thank bloop9
PhineasTaylorBarnum, Manager at The Barnum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2015

Thanks for the great review! We are certainly glad you stopped in and were as amazed by Barnum's life story as we are.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 16 May 2007

I stopped by the Barnum Museum on the way back to Pennsylvania from visiting family in CT. It's convienant to find as it is visible from 95 and signs navigate you around the one way streets. Parking seemed easy enough on a lazy Sunday afternoon...More

8  Thank mafisc
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 4 August 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.

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Reviewed 14 July 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.

1  Thank John P
Reviewed 15 June 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

3  Thank vhale1955
Reviewed 16 April 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.

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Reviewed 18 February 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

2  Thank Anitafuel
Reviewed 19 July 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

1  Thank Butmomwhy
Reviewed 10 July 2017

This museum is under restoration due to some tornado damage, so you don't actually go in the main historic building. The exhibits/artifacts that are on display though, however, are pretty interesting. Our tour took about a half an hour where we learned a bit about...More

1  Thank schmayla98
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

I wouldn't go out of my way for this. The place is still in disarray and undergoing construction from a 2010 tornado. There is only one floor open (not even in the historic part) with only a couple interesting things. Sad to see the state...More

1  Thank brittany z z
Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

Funky place. A delicate gem where you feel like your presence helps to keep it alive. Docent was as enthusiastic as any I've seen and the stuff was cool. If only they really had Jumbo.

1  Thank John B
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