If you're looking for a "carnival atmosphere" you need not go any further than the Fox 61 Newsroom. Fortunately for all Daytrippers out there our Newsroom isn't open to the public so to truly appreciate the circus, you have to go to Bridgeport.
Barnum Museum the atmosphere is both carnival and cultural. The more than 100 year old museum is, of course, named for the legendary visionary and entrepreneur, Bridgeport's P.T. Barnum. Executive Director Kathy Maher gave us a tour. "The collections go all the way back to the 1870's...the circus is really his legacy because his namesake still travels with it, even today Ringling Bros/Barnum and Bailey Circus comes to Bridgeport every year, goes to Hartford every year and all over the country," Maher told us.
The three story museum offers 15 thousand square feet of space but the Barnum isn't only about the Big Top, its also about Bridgeport. Maher told us "the first floor starts describing P.T. Barnum and his life through the early years, his mind was always set in getting to the next level...its really about the 19th Century American journey." So, no snake oil here, it may be worth a journey to Bridgeport to visit the Barnum.
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