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:
16 December 2010

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

30 Nov 1863, 3:00 PM
30 Nov 1863, 7:30 PM
01 Dec 1863, 3:00 PM
01 Dec 1863, 7:30 PM
02 Dec 1863, 3:00 PM
02 Dec 1863, 7:30 PM
03 Dec 1863, 3:00 PM
03 Dec 1863, 7:30 PM
04 Dec 1863, 3:00 PM
04 Dec 1863, 7:30 PM
05 Dec 1863, 3:00 PM
05 Dec 1863, 7:30 PM

Program Details

The Forest bandit; or, the spectre of the ruin (drama) includes the “ghost” (optical illusion).

Performers and/or Works Performed


Advertisement: New-York Times, 29 November 1863, 7.

Announcement: New-York Times, 30 November 1863, 4.

“In the Lecture-room (afternoon and evening) the spectral drama of ‘The Shade, or the Bond of Death,’ will be performed, together with the operetta of the ‘Rough Diamond.’ Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Gomersal make their last appearances in the latter piece during the present week.”

COMMENT: The Shade; or, The Bond of Death played last week.  The “ghost” play this week is entitled Forest Bandit; or, The Spectre of the Ruin.

Advertisement: New York Herald, 01 December 1863.

Advertisement: New York Sun, 01 December 1863.
“Notwithstanding the enormously increased expenses and attractions of the Museum, the manager is still enabled to keep the admission at the original low price of 25 cents; but this can only be done by the total exclusion of all free admissions, without any exception whatever.  Consequently, hereafter, there can be no more dead heads.”

COMMENT: See also NYS 11/16/63 for a large AD placed by Barnum about dead-heads.

Advertisement: New-York Times, 03 December 1863, 7.

Advertisement: New-York Times, 05 December 1863, 9.

“The admired Musical Comedietta, The Rough Diamond, in which Mr. and Mrs. William Gomersal make their last appearance, prior to their return to England.  Notwithstanding these magnificent attractions are drawing the most overflowing houses, they must be removed after this week to give place to Tom Taylor’s Great Drama, The Ticket of Leave Man, which has been in course of preparation the last three months, and which be brought out next MONDAY, with a splendid cast, new scenery, music, properties, and every appointment to secure the most triumphant success.”

COMMENT: Ticket of Leave Man is currently at the Winter Garden theatre with Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Florence