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Barnum's American Museum

Also Barnum's New Museum

NY

Culture
Owner

P. T. Barnum

Performer

Jumbo

General Tom Thumb

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1842 - Jan-1

In 1842, PT Barnum opened a combination zoo, museum, and freak show; attractions included Tom Thumb and Siamese Twins Cheng and Eng.  At its peak, 15,000 visitors came daily, or 38 million total visitors.

The site at Ann Street was then used for a new building for the New York Herald newspaper.

1865 - Jul-13 It burned in a spectacular fire in 1865.

1865 - Sep-6 Barnum's New Museum opened September 6, 1865, at 539-41 Broadway, between Spring and Prince Streets.

1868 - Mar-3 But the second location also burned down, on March 3, 1868. It was after this that Barnum moved on to politics and the circus industry. Barnum's American Museum was one of the most popular attractions of its time

1842 - Jan-1

In 1842, PT Barnum opened a combination zoo, museum, and freak show; attractions included Tom Thumb and Siamese Twins Cheng and Eng.  At its peak, 15,000 visitors came daily, or 38 million total visitors.

The site at Ann Street was then used for a new building for the New York Herald newspaper.

1865 - Jul-13 It burned in a spectacular fire in 1865.

1865 - Sep-6 Barnum's New Museum opened September 6, 1865, at 539-41 Broadway, between Spring and Prince Streets.

1868 - Mar-3 But the second location also burned down, on March 3, 1868. It was after this that Barnum moved on to politics and the circus industry. Barnum's American Museum was one of the most popular attractions of its time

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1846 - At its peak, Barnum's Museum was drawing 400,000 visitors a year

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Barnum's American Museum

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