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7/30/2014 - Re-Envision The Barnum Museum During August

From the Barnum Museum:

Explore Visions of Historic Architecture with an Eye to the Future

The Barnum Museum in Bridgeport has the following programs in August:

Sunday, August 3 at 2 p.m.The Show Must Go On! Presented by Kathy Maher, Executive Director of The Barnum Museum

The Barnum Museum has become a national model for disaster recovery, and Kathy Maher has traveled from California to South Carolina speaking at national conferences on the importance of readiness and response to many natural disasters. Maher will also explain how the museum has been working to restore the historic building and is currently planning the re-envision for the future of this iconic and historic landmark with a 21st Century P.T. Barnum flair. Join us for this fascinating talk on resilience and perseverance! No registration required. $5 suggested donation and kids under 12 are free.

Wednesday, August 13 at 12:15 p.m. Fabulous Fragments: The Preservation of Bridgeport's Architectural Past -Sneak Peek presented by Adrienne Saint-Pierre, Curator of The Barnum Museum

The Barnum Museum’s informal Sneak Peek series continueswith programs focusing on the hidden gems in The Barnum Museum collection. If you have ever driven through the Main Street of an older town or city, you have probably marveled at the magnificent homes and buildings forming the streetscape.  Thanks to historic preservation champions throughout the country, thousands of beautiful places have been saved and now define the unique character of our communities. However, many wonderful buildings have been lost to the wrecking ball or destroyed by fire, and only fragments and photographs remain as documents of them. Join Saint-Pierre for a look at some of the remarkable architectural fragments saved from the glorious buildings of Bridgeport’s past, including Barnum’s Iranistan and the Harral-Wheeler Mansion.  No registration required. $5 suggested donation and kids under 12 are free. Visitors are encouraged to bring their lunch.

Saturday, August 23  1 to 3 p.m. Artist in Residence Workshop: Inventive Play

Artist Susan Tabachnick, creator of The Lost and Found Circus currently on display at The Barnum Museum until August 30, will lead an informal workshop on creating small sculptures with found objects. Creativity begins with a good sense of play that leads to discovery and inventiveness. This "drop in" workshop invites you to "play" with an assortment of interesting found objects of metal, wood and ceramic to assemble and transform them into intriguing new objects, perhaps with their own whimsical personalities. Tabachnick will help you experiment and see the possibilities for how things can fit together or balance. Found objects are supplied, but you may bring your own favorites, if you wish. Appropriate for adults and kids, ages 8 and up. (We have wood blocks for younger children to play with!)  Free admission, but donations are welcome.

Thursday, August 28 at 6:30 p.m.Beauty and the Beast: Three Centuries of Architecture in Connecticut Presented by William Hosley

William Hosley is the principal of Terra Firma Northeast, an independent scholar and former Director of the New Haven Museum and Connecticut Landmarks. Tastes and visions for grand architecture shift through time and Connecticut’s landscape is spotted with examples of the elegant and the monstrous! Share in Hosley's explorations and findings, gleaned from many years photographing Connecticut's architectural features.  Hosley will share his passion for architecture “that is the basis of ingenuity, imagination and aspiration” and share his desire to protect, preserve and interpret our historic past. No registration required. $5 suggested donation and kids under 12 are free.

WHERE: The Barnum Museum, 820 Main Street, Bridgeport in the People’s United Bank Gallery, entry located at the back of the historic building.

COST: Various. All events are free for Museum Vision Members. Call for more information at 203-331-1104 ext.100, M-F from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The back exhibition hall of the museum featuring artifacts and a display of some of the renovated items from the collection is open for viewing and exploration on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. To learn more about The Barnum Museum’s current programs visit You can also visit the museum on Facebook, view past programs at or communicate on Twitter @BarnumMuseum.

The original Barnum Institute building is owned by the City of Bridgeport and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.