For almost a quarter-century the American Museum epitomized popular entertainment and education in the U.S. It also articulated, sometimes in unusual ways, the major issues confronting antebellum American culture, society, and politics. The site allows you to experience what it may have been like to enter Barnum’s American Museum in 1865 as well to explore historical documents that place it in a broad historical context. The Lost Museum is a collaboration between CHNM and the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning
at the City University of New York Graduate Center.