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Barnum Museum Tornado Restoration Could Cost $17-million

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The Barnum Museum logo. From a press release.

The Barnum Museum logo. From a press release.

It could be several more years, before a Bridgeport landmark fully reopens.

Barnum Museum Executive Director Kathleen Maher says damage from a 2010 tornado was worse than first realized, to the museum’s historic main building.  The museum has been closed since the twister struck.

Maher says restoration to the building and collection could cost $17-million.

“As time went on, and the restoration architects and historic structural engineers were finding more of the trusses pulled apart, and doing a forensic analysis, the gables are pulling apart,” Maher said.  “That is because a tornado has negative pressure, and it just pulled everything apart in different directions.”

Some of the museum’s collection is being displayed two days per week, starting today, in a gallery in the connected People’s Bank building.

Visitors will not be able to tour the historic museum building, but they will get to see how the collection is being preserved after it was moved following the 2010 tornado.

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