A museum is known by its collection and how it is displayed within an artistic, scientific or historical context. The
In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, The Barnum Museum presents two important virtual exhibitions. Heroes of the Home Front examines the changing and expanding role of women in the war efforts. Bridgeport and the Civil War looks at some important ways in which the city of Bridgeport took part in the struggle between the States. Both exhibitions contain detailed text researched and written by museum director Kathy Maher and are augmented by artifact slide shows.
Currently, the virtual
The "Treasures of the Collection" series highlights objects that are not displayed in the Barnum Museum but are of historical importance and interest. The short lectures serve to educate and illuminate the wide influence of P.T. Barnum's life and work. Featured last year were: an Imperial Russian Crest, a Civil War saber, a letter to Barnum from Horace Greeley, a Jenny Lind song book, the Herald of Freedom, a foot warmer, and a small Italian- style statue of Bacchus.