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Address: 820 Main St, Bridgeport, CT 06604
Phone Number:
+1 203-331-1104
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Thu - Fri 10:00 - 15:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Conceived and constructed by the great American showman, P.T. Barnum, The...

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.

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Barnum Museum

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... read more

Reviewed 9 February 2017
John B
Bridgeport, Connecticut
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Amherst, Massachusetts
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95 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 it is in but the plans for how it will look in the future are... More 

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Bridgeport, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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
New York City, New York
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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 station and the downtown area, is still open, and there is a free, delightful look-see... More 

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PhineasTaylorBarnum, Manager at The Barnum Museum, responded to this review

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

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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 only open 4 hours on Thursdays and Fridays. I understand that they had some damage... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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.

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Southbury, Connecticut
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211 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
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 Barnum's life

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 913 helpful votes
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 thing is I mostly remember how worried I was about my car, parked in front... More 

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New Providence, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
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, we're interested in what was being said by the great tour guide we had. Just... More 

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Reviewed 26 July 2014 via mobile

In the process of remodeling. Tour guide was very informative. Knew the history behind Barnum. Free, asks for donations

1 Thank Karen K
PhineasTaylorBarnum, Social Media Manager at The Barnum Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting and for the review! More 

San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2014

In 2010 the Barnum Museum was hit by a toronado-no one else in town, just the Prince of hoaxes I think he would appreciate the irony. while they are rebuilding, you have access to their viewable storage area. Many pieces of furniture-esp from Charles and Lavinia,a few smaller circus wagons, many carriages, paintings &,statuary. The latest acquisition-which arrived on 1... More 

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