Barnum’s American Museum

Event Information

Barnum's American Museum [JAN 1842-JUL 1865]

Price: $.25; .15 children under 10

Event Type:
Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
4 October 2010

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

25 May 1863, All Day
26 May 1863, All Day
27 May 1863, All Day
28 May 1863, All Day
29 May 1863, All Day
30 May 1863, All Day

Program Details

Performers and/or Works Performed


Advertisement: New-York Times, 25 May 1863, 7.
“[T]he Learned Seal, which plays on a musical instrument.”
Advertisement: New York Herald, 25 May 1863, 7.

Review: Courrier des États-Unis, 25 May 1863, 2.
“Barnum and Tom Thumb have made peace.”  Tom, his wife, Commodore Nutt, and Minnie Warren dance a quadrille.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 30 May 1863, 7.

Advertisement: New York Herald, 30 May 1863, 12.

Review: New York Clipper, 06 June 1863, 59.
“Tom Thumb and his little troupe have been doing a splendid business at Barnum’s Museum, the afternoon entertainments especially being largely attended.  Commodore Nutt is the most cunning little cuss in the whole crowd.  Neither Thumb nor his wife can sing much, Tom’s voice being rather displeasing, and resembling the voice of a boy of that peculiar time when it begins to grow coarse and manish.  If you were to hear the others, without seeing them, you would at once arrive at the conclusion that they were little children of half a dozen years.”