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“I hope it comes back”
Review of The Barnum Museum

The Barnum Museum
Ranked #11 of 18 things to do in Bridgeport
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Stratford, Connecticut
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98 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“I hope it comes back”
Reviewed 20 February 2013

What an amazing building, envisioned by Barnum himself. It's been closed since the tornado 2.5 years ago. I hope it comes back

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Branford, Connecticut, United States
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11 reviews
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“A must visit,this is a landmark”
Reviewed 15 February 2013

If you are going to visit any place in Connecticut you must visit Barnum Museum,this place is historic and has a lot of Connecticut first's

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Stratford, Connecticut
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“It's okay”
Reviewed 19 December 2012

if being in the circus is tour are of interest, I foung the subject well presented and that the museum provided a lot of information I just couldn'.t have cared less.

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Bridgeport, Connecticut
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92 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“One of the older Museums in The Country”
Reviewed 11 December 2012

Great building, kept original in a newly developed down town. Full of local history and unusual exhibits dealing with circus and PT Barnum artifacts. Has Freaks and props as well as rooms from his famous 19th century houses recreated with original furnishings. Top floor has neat miniature circus train and Tom thumb exhibit. Big event room has had very cool specials. Other than parking fees and walking distance, its a great city museum with an unusual focus.

Visited September 2012
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Shelton, Connecticut
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326 reviews
114 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
“Unique”
Reviewed 19 October 2012

Very interesting, it is a collection of PT Barnum's memorabilia from his circuses. There are a lot of quirky exhibits worth the trip.

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