Historic Barnum Museum to Receive National Historic Landmark Designation Celebration

The Barnum Museum, a well-known emblem of history and culture in Bridgeport, CT, has achieved a significant accomplishment.

The National Historic Landmark (NHL) designation has been granted by the Department of the Interior and National Park Services. This achievement resulted from almost twenty years of hard work, unexpected obstacles, and steadfast dedication. The Barnum Museum is pleased to invite the community to share in this momentous occasion and celebrate this historic milestone.

Event Details:

Date: August 24, 2023

Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Location: M&T Bank / Barnum Museum Plaza, Downtown Bridgeport

Barnum Museum's Rich Legacy:

The Barnum Museum stands as a testament to its strength and resilience over the years. Despite facing natural disasters like the EF 1 tornado strikes, Hurricane Irene, and Super Storm Sandy, the State of Connecticut's unwavering dedication has helped to preserve and restore this historic building. The ongoing exterior restoration clearly indicates their continued commitment to maintaining this iconic structure. The Barnum Museum's recognition as a National Historic Landmark is a testament to America's rich cultural and historical heritage. It meets strict criteria set by the Secretary of the Interior, stands among other notable properties, and is associated with critical national figures who have shaped American history. The museum's architectural design represents a unique period, making it a valuable specimen worth cherishing.

Commemorative Community Celebration:

Join us for an unforgettable celebration at the Barnum Museum on August 24th to commemorate a historic milestone. You won't want to miss this incredible event, taking place at the M&T Bank Plaza in Downtown Bridgeport, which promises a variety of engaging activities for all attendees.

At noon, several distinguished guests and speakers will take the stage to mark this significant achievement. You'll have the chance to meet members of the local, state, and federal Bridgeport delegation and representatives from the State Historic Preservation Office, who will highlight the importance of the NHL designation.

Showcasing Bridgeport's Rich Heritage:


We thank M&T Bank for making this event possible and providing a historical setting for the celebration. You'll also have the chance to learn about several organizations, including the CT Beardsley Zoo, Discovery Museum, and Bpt. Library, the cARTie Mobile Museum, and the educational offerings they provide.

Look forward to live art demonstrations, circus arts performances, and live music by the renowned Tony Ferrigno Band.

This collaborative effort underscores Bridgeport's strong sense of community, with Aquarion Water Company distributing free water from their Water Truck and the City of Bridgeport providing free Italian Ice to all guests during the program. Join us to celebrate and acknowledge our partners in showcasing Bridgeport's rich heritage. It's an event you won't want to miss!

Invitation to the Community:

The Barnum Museum cordially invites you to join us for a momentous occasion. Your attendance will not only help to preserve the museum's legacy but also add to the rich cultural fabric of Bridgeport. We look forward to your presence and participation in this special event.

Barnum Museum Youtube Channel:

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