Barnum’s Museum

Event Information

Winter Garden

Price: $.30; .15 children under ten; .50 parquet and balcony

Event Type:
Orchestral, Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
12 January 2013

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

31 Jul 1865, All Day
01 Aug 1865, All Day
02 Aug 1865, All Day
03 Aug 1865, All Day
04 Aug 1865, All Day
05 Aug 1865, All Day

Program Details

Every day, 3:00 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Robert Macaire and Bertrand; Two fugitives


Advertisement: New-York Times, 31 July 1865, 7.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 01 August 1865, 7.
Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 01 August 1865.
Announcement: New York Clipper, 05 August 1865, 134.

     “Our country cousins are in despair and roam about looking as though they had lost a dear friend. You will see them around the ruins of the Museum, looking unutterable woe [sic]; they have been so accustomed to spend a day with Barnum every time they visited the metropolis, that they can scarcely realize the painful truth that they will never again see the familiar old place, never again walk through its halls, never more wonder at the thousands of curiosities swallowed up in the general ruin. ‘Come ye disconsolate, where’er ye languish,’ come up the street a’ways, and lessen your anguish; for Barnum has possession of the Winter Garden, where he gives afternoon and evening entertainments of pantomime, singing, dancing, gymnastics, etc.  And there, too, beloved country cousins, you may renew your acquaintance with the Fat Woman (who was not lowered out of the burning Museum by means of a derrick); the Giant Girl; and other curious specimens of animated nature…Miss Carrie A. Moore, the lady skater, is cutting 8’s and other skatish didoes, this week.  If you see Miss Carrie once, you will not miss Carrie if you try to see Miss Carrie Moore.  ‘Children under ten, 15 cents.’”

Announcement: New York Clipper, 05 August 1865, 134.

     “The Chinese Buildings will be occupied by Barnum and his living curiosities just as soon as the place can be prepared for their reception.  It was a good stroke in Barnum to secure this property, for it is an extensive building, and well located.  Had Barnum been less quick upon the trigger, it is probable that the San Francisco Minstrels would have taken it for a permanent hall of minstrelsy, for they have no lasting hold on the Diabolique place, which Fredericks takes possession of next May.”

Advertisement: New-York Times, 05 August 1865, 7.