Built 1841 ... P.T. As fire consumed the American Museum in the summer of 1865, the salt water in the whales’ tank started boiling. Instead, the two beluga whales—captured in Canada only one week prior—were beached on a scorching floor before plunging to the street below as the building began to collapse. The museum will soon re-open its doors to the public — this time in virtual form. Explore ProQuest for schools. Michelle Brault; July 5, 2017; eLibrary / General / SIRS Issues Researcher; 0 Comments; Today marks the 207th birthday of Phineas Taylor “P.T.” Barnum. Happy Birthday, P.T.

After a successful production, he transformed the lecture room into a three thousand seat playhouse in 1850. The Barnum Museum is the leading authority on P.T. Barnum’s American Museum. Barnum bought Scudder's Museum for $12,000 and created a show place for freaks and curiosities, including a lecture room, which was transformed (in 1849) into a theatre. Google Arts and Culture: Explore Museum highlights and get a behind-the-scenes look at iconic habitat dioramas. Someone broke its inch-thick glass wall in hopes that the cascading water would quench the flames. Guided Hall Tours: Museum tour guides lead hall tours on Facebook Live. Museum View Virtual Tour: See "inside the Museum" in this virtual tour from Google Arts and Culture. The legendary showman is best remembered for his elaborate hoaxes and founding the circus he called “The Greatest Show on… Continue Reading. Virtual Events. Barnum! Barnum’s artifacts, oddities, productions, and creatures are now available for exclusive preview at The Lost Museum , a newly redesigned website produced by the Graduate Center’s American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning (ASHP/CML) and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and … Barnum’s life and work, and contains more than 60,000 artifacts relating to Barnum, Bridgeport and 19th century America. Barnum's American Museum Broadway and Ann Street, New York, NY . Whitney Screens Engage with video art in the Museum's collection while you're at home with Whitney Screens.Every Friday, we're featuring special screenings of video works recently brought into the collection—all by emerging artists, in keeping with the Whitney's long tradition of supporting artists at the beginning and during key moments of their careers.