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The Barnum Museum

820 Main St, Bridgeport, CT 06604
+1 203-331-1104
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Waiting for Reopening

THe Barnum Museum is one of my favorite places in the greater Bridgeport area! The collection is... read more

Reviewed 19 July 2017
Saint Louis, Missouri
Small right now but interesting

This museum is under restoration due to some tornado damage, so you don't actually go in the main... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2017
New York
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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 of Bridgeport, Connecticut's uniqueness, it is a symbol of achievement and creativity, and is a testament to the pioneers and visionaries of the 19th century.
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good19%
  • Average25%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible6%
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820 Main St, Bridgeport, CT 06604
+1 203-331-1104
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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

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

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

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.

Thank John B
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

2  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.

Reviewed 1 June 2015

We traveled here just to see this place. Not thinking that we would need to check and see if they would be open during normal business hours, we get here and they are closed. We check out there hours on line and find they are...More

4  Thank obean1
Reviewed 31 May 2015

This place was hardly a museum before it was hit by a tornado which it still hasn't recuperated from 2.5 years later; front windows boarded up and very mediocre displays….. kind of insulting to one of the greatest showman of all times.

1  Thank OboeJoe
Reviewed 20 May 2015

A wonderful museum - Lots of things to see and touch about the PT Barnum story. Very well presented with each new room a wonderful exploration. Don't be afraid to ask the staff a question - They are loaded with facts about the Circus and...More

Thank TravelsCT
Reviewed 30 October 2014

Being in the area North of here, I decide to make a detour and check out Barnum: I have some mixed memories of my previous visit there, at least ten years ago: the exhibits and artifacts ranged from exciting through historical through pathetic. The funny...More

2  Thank Oliver S
Reviewed 31 August 2014

This place was a nice look into an amazing man....border line conman, but he delivered....the only issue I had was that the house should be restored by now. This can be so much more. Great exhibits. My kids, who I drag to places like this,...More

Thank Michael A
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