Barnum’s American Museum

Event Information

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

Price: $.30; .15 children under ten; .60 parquet and balcony, except at morning entertainment; $5 extra, private boxes; .60 extra, single seats in private boxes

Event Type:
Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
17 July 2011

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

05 Sep 1864, All Day
06 Sep 1864, All Day
07 Sep 1864, All Day
08 Sep 1864, All Day
09 Sep 1864, All Day
10 Sep 1864, All Day

Program Details

Opening of the Fall Season [MON]. Plays: 3 pm and 7:45 pm. Thumb & Co. 11 am (lecture room), 12 pm (Wax Figure Saloon stage), 3 pm (lecture room), after 3 pm play, 7:30 pm (lecture room), after 7:45 pm play.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Jocko; or, The Brazilian ape; Jocko, the man monkey; Jocko, der brasilianische Affe; Joko, the Brazilian ape
Text Author: Gabriel, Rochefort


Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 29 August 1864, 5.
“He has also added five cents to his price of admission, which, of course, will be cheerfully paid.”
Advertisement: New York Herald, 05 September 1864, 7.

Advertisement: New-York Times, 05 September 1864.
Time, prices, performers.  “As the Ravel Pantomime Company will occupy most of the time in the afternoons, the performances of these little wonders [Thumb & Co.] will be MORE LENGTHY, elaborate and interesting in THE MORNING than at any other time. . . . Those who would avoid the crowds during this engagement should by all means, if convenient, visit the Museum as EARLY AS HALF-PAST TEN O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING.  Those who cannot attend in the morning will find the Museum much less crowded IN THE EVENING than in the afternoon. . . . Their exhibitions will be VARIED and CHANGED, so that what they perform at one time of the day will not be repeated (to any extent) at any other time the same day. . . . Admission, (until the present high prices of everything are reduced,) 30 cents.  Children under ten, 15 cents.”
Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 05 September 1864, 5.

Review: New York Herald, 06 September 1864, 4.
No mention of music.
Advertisement: Courrier des États-Unis, 06 September 1864.

Advertisement: New-York Times, 07 September 1864.
“At each Levee [Thumb and Co.] will perform ENTIRELY NEW AND ORIGINAL CHARACTERS, SONGS, DUETS, DANCES, &C.  The laughable piece entitled NEW-YEAR CALLS, WILL BE PERFORMED EVERY AFTERNOON. . . . A. Goodwin and L. Collins, Duoterpsichoreanclodoptomists.  The Grand Orchestrion will play at short intervals, Day and Evening.”
Announcement: New-York Times, 08 September 1864, 5.

Announcement: New York Clipper, 10 September 1864, 174.

Advertisement: New-York Daily Tribune, 29 September 1864.
Notice from Barnum about raising his prices.