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Barnum's American Museum


Broadway and Ann Street, New York, NY

P.T. Barnum bought Scudder's Museum for $12,000 and created a show place for freaks and curiosities, including a lecture room, which was transformed (in 1849) into a theatre. After a successful production, he transformed the lecture room into a three thousand seat playhouse in 1850. In 1865, it burned down and Barnum sold the site to the New York Herald for an office building.

Built: 1841    Closed: 1865    Demolished: 1865   

Theatre Names Named
Barnum's American Museum 1841     
ProductionsProduction Dates
The Green Monster
Musical, Original, Pantomime
Jul 10, 1865 - Jul 12, 1865
The Ring of Fate
Musical, Original, Romance
Dec 26, 1864 - Feb 11, 1865
Mrs. Partington
Musical, Original, Comedy, Operetta
Jul 14, 1862 - Jul 26, 1862
Hop O' My Thumb
Musical, Original
Original music by W.T. Peterschen; Written by Albert Smith
Apr 07, 1862 - May 02, 1862
Sadak and Kalasrade!
Musical, Original, Spectacle
Mar 03, 1862 - Apr 05, 1862