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Bridgeport, Connecticut: Barnum Museum: Centaur Skeleton (In Transition)

Tribute to the famous showman features a Merman made for a TV production; the walnut-shaped carriage of 29-inch-tall Commodore Nutt; and a mounted skeleton of a half-man, half-horse. Museum currently closed for renovations.

Exit 27 off I-95. Take Lafayette Blvd. Right onto State St. then right onto Main St. From I-95 heading South: Take Exit 27 (Lafayette Boulevard) turn right at the end of the ramp. At the 3rd stop light, turn right onto State Street. Continue to 2nd light (Main Street), turn right on to Main. Museum is one block down on the left. Entry is at the left rear of the historic building (which is closed for tornado damage repairs).
Museum currently closed for renovations.
In Transition
Bridgeport, Connecticut - Barnum Museum Closed For Now: Merman Safe
P.T .Barnum Museum:

A rare tornado swept through Bridgeport on June 24, damaging the P.T. Barnum Museum.

[07/19/2010] Complete Story...

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Centaur at the Barnum Museum

In 2014 the Barnum Museum purchased "Centaur of Tymfi," a life-size centaur skeleton created by Skulls Unlimited, the company that supplies the bones for the Museum of Osteology. The centaur had been commissioned by Bill Willers, a professor at the University of Wisconsin, who placed it in an official-looking display case and unveiled it in 2012 at the International Wildlife Museum in Tucson, Arizona. Proud of its creation, Skulls Unlimited began promoting the centaur on its website, only to be told by Willers to keep it quiet. He had conceived of the centaur as a way to test the public's willingness to believe the unbelievable, just as P.T. Barnum did.

[ Team, 02/06/2017]

Circus wagons.

Barnum Museum: Centaur Skeleton

Not a lot to see, but since it's by donation only I can't complain.

[Furly, 08/01/2015]
Barnum's Baby Elephant

On display at the Barnum Museum can be seen the mounted hide of the famous baby elephant "Bridgeport." On February 2,1882 at the winter quarters of the Barnum, Bailey, and Hutchison Circus in Bridgeport, the elephant Queen -- one of of Barnum's 22 elephants -- had only the second recorded elephant birth in America. It was a famous event -- over 60 scientists from around the world came to witness it. P.T Barnum arrived by sleigh 20 minutes after the birth to see for himself the baby elephant reportly no bigger then a Newfoundland dog. Bridgeport died April 12,1886, at the very spot he was born. Like Jumbo, Barnum had Bridgeport's hide mounted, where it can be viewed today at the museum.

[Kenton Cornish, 08/01/2004]

Another one for the Elephant Burial Ground.

Replica Merman.

Barnum Museum - Merman Replica

I wanted to let you know that the Barnum Museum does NOT have the original Feejee mermaid. The mermaid on display there is an artist's reconstruction of a Feejee mermaid. Unfortunately, no pictures were allowed in the museum so I couldn't take any, but I think I wrote down what the plaque on the case said.

[Chuckman, 01/24/1998]

The Fejee mermaid replica was created by artist Stanton Kip Miller for an HBO TV special on P.T. Barnum, based on original drawings and written descriptions. Here's a photo... and the museum also has a real Egyptian mummy and a preserved elephant!

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