Barnum Museum Wicked Walk - Atlas Obscura

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Barnum Museum Wicked Walk

Join us for a lantern tour recounting the history behind one of America's most reported paranormal downtowns—Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Join Atlas Obscura and The Barnum Museum for an evening stroll exploring the history behind some of New England’s strangest and eeriest tales.

Author and lecturer Michael J. Bielawa will lead a fascinating lantern stroll of historic downtown to visit scenes of historically-reported hauntings, Victorian-era murders, "Men in Black" sightings and other unexplained phenomena. Remarkably, this wide variety of mysteries is centrally located within an easy walking distance.

Award-winning historian and writer Michael Bielawa's Bridgeport tales are based on research conducted at local and state libraries, historical societies, and through personal interviews. He is the author of numerous articles and five books, including Wicked Bridgeport (which received the first-ever New England Paranormal Literary Award) and Wicked New Haven. The Bridgeport Public Library’s Historical Collection Department Website has published Mike’s essays on such divergent subjects as Jack the Ripper and early encounters with "Men in Black". His dedication to preserving New England history has been covered by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. Bielawa also serves as a special lecturer and consultant to The Barnum Museum.

Please note: This is not an evidentiary presentation of the paranormal, but of pure entertainment. It is performed in the spirit of mystery and curiosity.

Directions from NYC:

Guests are encouraged to take the Metro-North New Haven line train leaving Grand Central and arriving at the Bridgeport stop. The trip is about an hour and twenty minutes. Guests should plan to take the 2:02pm train at the latest for arrival in Bridgeport at 3:37pm. From the train station, it is a four-minute walk to our starting point at the Barnum Museum. The tour will start promptly at 4pm, so please be on time. 


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