Barnum's American Museum

39 William England - Barnum's museum, New York.jpgBarnum's American Museum was located in what is now the Financial District in New York City from 1841 to 1865, on the corner of Broadway and Anne St. Owned by P.T. Barnum, the museum took over Scudder's American Museum and showcased various attractions including a zoo, lecture hall, wax museum, theatre, and freak show. The museum also contained elaborate dioramas and panoramas, a flea circus, taxidermists, and glass blowers. It staged minstrel shows of adaptations of Biblical stories and Uncle Tom's Cabin. In its heyday, the museum boasted 15,000 visitors per day. Admission was 25 cents. The museum burned down in 1865, tragically killing many of the animals. Barnum tried to open a new museum at a different site a few years later, which also burned down. The New York Herald later moved into a building in the museum's original spot.


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