The Barnum Museum, in Bridgeport, Conn., depicting the life of P. T. Barnum and his influence on 19th-century America, will reopen June 10 following a three-year, $3.5 million renovation and expansion.
Several events will take place during the inaugural weekend, including a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. and puppet shows, musical acts and performances by clowns and jugglers.A 7,000-square-foot gallery will be used for visiting exhibitions, and the original building will house the permanent collection, including a model of Barnum's three-ring circus, items pertaining to his proteges Tom Thumb, Jenny Lind, Jumbo the Elephant and the Feejes Mermaid and memorabilia about Barnum's careers (he was once mayor of Bridgeport).
The P.T. Barnum Museum (Citytrust Building, 961 Main St., Bridgeport, CT 06604; 203-384-5381) will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 10 and 11. Thereafter, hours will be 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sundays. Entry fee: $4.