Greetings! IAm the executive director of the Barnum Museum, a museum dedicated to P.T. Barnum that got wrecked by three natural disasters in two years—an EF1 tornado and a couple of hurricanes. AMA!
Yeah, no kidding!
In 2010, Bridgeport, Connecticut was struck by an EF1 tornado. (Added note Reddit readers….tornados don’t typically happen in Connecticut, so what the WHAT?) Sitting at ground zero, the historic Barnum Museum sustained some of the worst damage. The building was compromised to the point of impending failure and public galleries were affected. In 2011, Hurricane Irene brought additional damage, worsening the already frail building. Super Storm Sandy hit the following year with its 115-mile-per-hour winds compounding the destruction. This trifecta of natural disasters threatened the very existence of this historic place. The museum is 120 years old, and every exhibit had been damaged. In the true spirit of P.T. Barnum, the show must go on! Over the last several years, the museum staff and I have saved over 20,000 artifacts, and we're still in the midst of trying to fully fix the building, a historic landmark. Ever onward! I'm here to answer questions with help from Atlas Obscura. Looking forward to the chat!
EDIT: Dear Reddit! I’m sorry to say I have to sign off! I have a big re-envisioning meeting this afternoon and need to prepare! It was a joy to talk to you all and my sincere thanks for your questions and kind encouragement! I’ll end with Barnum’s quote “The noblest art is that of making others happy” Thank you all, have a wonderful day and the SHOW WILL GO ON!