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Bridgeport's Barnum Museum Set To Re-Open With New Exhibit

Bob Child
A small section of the miniature 1903 Barnum & Bailey circus made by William R. Brinley as seen in 2004 at the P.T. Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, Conn. Most of the museum has been closed since 2010.

Bridgeport, Connecticut’s Barnum Museum is getting a $15,000 grant to expand its circus-themed exhibits and help it re-open to the public. Most of the museum has been closed since it was hit by a tornado in 2010.

The museum says the grant from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation will allow them to open a new exhibit on Bridgeport native P.T. Barnum and on his famous circus. That will include portions of a 3,500-piece miniature replica of the Barnum circus built in the 1930s.

The museum hasn’t set a date for reopening, but some of its collection is on display now. It plans to expand its exhibits this October, just before the release of a new movie about P.T. Barnum called The Greatest Showman. The Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus put on its last performance earlier this year.

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