820 Main St., Bridgeport, CT 06604. Phone: 203-331-1104.
Wednesday, April 8 at 12:15 p.m. Elephants in the Room: Stories of Elephant Artifacts and Images in The Barnum Museum's Collection a Sneak Peek presented by Adrienne Saint-Pierre, Barnum Museum Curator. April's Sneak Peek program focuses on the large variety of elephant artifacts in The Barnum Museum collection in celebration of the past event of Jumbo, the famous African Elephant, arriving in America after being purchased from London Zoo by P.T. Barnum on April 9, 1882. Some artifacts include the largest taxidermy baby elephant, "Baby Bridgeport," the second elephant to ever be born in America was in Bridgeport, CT many years ago. A piece of famous white elephant tusk in the museum collection and a number of photographs featuring Victorian era elephants in photographs, post cards and advertising will be on display at the event. "Baby Bridgeport" was recently x-rayed by medical imaging faculty from Quinnipiac University. In the 1880s a color lithograph and handkerchief were created to celebrate the elephant's birth, Barnum's pride and joy. No registration required. $3 Suggested Donation. Free for museum members and kids under 12. Patrons are encouraged to bring their lunch.