This is a computer rendered graphic of the second floor landing of Barnum's Museum, based on strict measurements taken from floor plans, tourist's descriptions of the museum and its contents, and published guidebooks. It was produced as part of an ongoing experiment in historical simulation by the American Social History Project. There are several links in the picture above. Move the cursor across the picture to find them. Please note that the placement of some of the "objects" in this picture is not strictly accurate--I've taken a few liberties with the image.


Barnum's museum was very different from modern museums. To modern eyes, it seems like a jumble of unconnected, different things. It was a strange place, famous for being controversial, disturbing, scary, funny, dishonest.