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Barnum Museum In Bridgeport Offers Tour Of Building's Restoration

The Barnum Museum in Bridgeport was damaged by a tornado in 2010. The museum is giving a curated viewing of its collections, followed by a hard hat tour of the historic building's restoration on Saturday, April 16, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Barnum Museum in Bridgeport was damaged by a tornado in 2010. The museum is giving a curated viewing of its collections, followed by a hard hat tour of the historic building's restoration on Saturday, April 16, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- This Obscura Day come to a curated viewing in Bridgeport of the Barnum Museum's collections followed by a hard hat tour of the historic building's restoration on Saturday, April 16.

Conceived and built by American icon P.T. Barnum, the Barnum Museum opened in 1893. Although P.T. Barnum did not live to see the completion of the landmark site, the building and collection are a reflection of Barnum's fascination with the world and his pioneering spirit to bring curiosity and wonder to all seeking knowledge.

Obscura Day guests will have the opportunity to join the Museum's Executive Director and Curator on a private tour of the collections for a viewing of rarely seen artifacts including Tom Thumb's clothing, carriages and personal items, P.T. Barnum's wedding top hat from 1829 and his hand-written Copy Book that chronicles the European tour of Tom Thumb in 1845.

In addition, guests will take a hard-hat tour of the historic Barnum building.

The museum is currently under restoration after an EF1 tornado strike in 2010. Guests are invited to witness the disaster recovery effort and learn the museum's plans for the future.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Following the tour, guests can engage in conversation with the museum staff and eat light refreshments in the special events gallery.

Tickets cost $35. All sales are final. For tickets, click here.

The Barnum Museum is at 820 Main St., Bridgeport.

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