Barnum’s American Museum

Event Information

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

Price: $.25; .15 children under 10

Event Type:
Play With Music, Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
19 November 2013

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

03 Aug 1863, All Day
04 Aug 1863, All Day
05 Aug 1863, All Day
06 Aug 1863, All Day
07 Aug 1863, All Day
08 Aug 1863, All Day

Program Details

Every afternoon (3 pm) and evening (7:30); Thursday add 10:30 am

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Secret mission and the signet ring
Text Author: Wilks
aka Extravaganza dance
Participants:  Mlle. [dancer] Louise
Text Author: Brough


Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 02 August 1863, 8.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 03 August 1863, 7.

Advertisement: New York Herald, 03 August 1863, 7.

Advertisement: New York Herald, 05 August 1863, 7.
Lists full company.
Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 05 August 1863.

     Mr. Barnum opened his brief season of Summer theatricals on Monday, with his effective drama of 'Raffaelle the Reprobate,' and the pleasant little farce of 'Trying It On,' both of which will be repeated every afternoon and evening this week.  Under the skillful management of Mr. C. W. Clark the plays put on at the Museum are admirably put upon the stage, while the careful manner in which they are performed would do credit to more pretending establishments. Aside from the dramatic entertainment and the cabinets of natural history, the chief attractions at the Museum are the interesting collection of wax figures, the automaton writer, the lightning calculator, the learned seal, the living ourangoutang, and last--though a long way from least--a sort of human White Mountain in the person of Lizzie Harris, who girths some thirteen feet, and weighs nearly seven hundred pounds."

Announcement: New York Herald, 06 August 1863, 5.

Announcement of new drama company.

Review: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 06 August 1863, 8.

     Since Monday in the theater of Mr. Barnum, an actors’ company began their show. The company has quite powerful forces under the direction of the well-known actor C.W. Clarke. Wilkes’s play ‘Raffaelle the Reprobate’ began their production and is on the repertoire this week. The piece is a sensational drama of the French school, but one of the better ones; it is very entertaining and gives the actors the opportunity to show themselves in an advantageous manner. Mr. Clarke, who had the title role in his hands, gave a masterful performance himself and was supported by the other contributing players. The play is always followed by Miss Louise’s dance, closing with the farce ‘Trying it on.’ Anyone who wants to laugh properly should take a closer look at this latter piece. Yes, perhaps the best ventilated and coolest venue in the city, families by name should now take advantage of the opportunity to visit the museum, as it is never as crowded in the summer months as it is in the theater season.

Advertisement: New York Herald, 08 August 1863, 7.