Barnum in 1851
Tufts College, c. 1854
Entertainers associated with Barnum: Charles Stratton ("General Tom Thumb") and his bride Lavinia Warren, alongside her sister Minnie and George Washington Morrison Nutt ("Commodore Nutt")
Jumbo in the Barnum Museum of Natural History
1866 newspaper advertisement for Barnum's American Museum located on Ann Street in Manhattan
Walnut Hill as it appeared prior to the construction of Tisch Library and steps, circa 1910. In the center is Eaton Hall. The road to the right no longer exists.
Castle Garden, New York, venue of Lind's first American concerts
Sophia Gordon Hall (2006) is Tufts' newest residence hall
Parody of Lind's first American tour for Barnum, New York City, October 1850
Foreign Ministers Boris Johnson (United Kingdom), Federica Mogherini (European Union), Paolo Gentiloni (Italy), Frank-Walter Steinmeier (Germany) and Jean-Marc Ayrault (France) with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaking at Tufts University, September 2016
Barnum with Commodore Nutt, photograph by Charles DeForest Fredricks
Packard Hall
Winter Quarters of the Great Barnum-London Show before 1886
Goddard Chapel
Share of the Barnum and Bailey Ltd, issued January 24, 1902
Eaton Hall
"Hum-Bug": a cartoon by H. L. Stephens (1851)
East Hall
Caricature of an elderly Barnum in the London magazine Vanity Fair, November 1889
Memorial Steps
P. T. Barnum, sculpted by Thomas Ball (1887), Seaside Park, Bridgeport, Connecticut
Jean Mayer Administration Building, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Obverse of the 1936 commemorative Bridgeport Centennial Half Dollar
The Tufts European Center on the Talloires campus
Gifford House, residence of the President
Anderson Hall, the School of Engineering
Arnold Wing, the School of Medicine
Goddard Hall, the Fletcher School
Bendetson Hall, on the Medford/Somerville campus, houses the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Carmichael Hall on the Residence Quad
Entrance to Tisch Library, the main library on campus
Ginn Library at the Fletcher School
Aidekman Arts Center, Tufts University
Student protest for fossil fuel divestment
Stratton Hall, a downhill residence hall
West Hall, an uphill residence hall
The Tufts cannon, repainted almost nightly during the academic year, is here painted in response to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan
Eugene Fama, Nobel Prize-winning economist (B.A. 1960)
Roderick MacKinnon, Nobel Prize in Chemistry recipient (M.D. 1982)
Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia and recipient of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize (MA, 1981)
Victor McKusick, geneticist, known as the father of medical genetics (COL, 1943)
Vannevar Bush, inventor and science administrator, founder of Raytheon (BS, 1913; MS, 1913)
Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase (BA, 1978)
Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay (BS, 1988)
Dov Charney, Founder and CEO of American Apparel (Did not graduate)
Susan Decker, Former president of Yahoo! Inc. (B.S. 1984)
Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., Publisher of The New York Times (BA, 1974)
Joi Ito, Japanese entrepreneur, former director of MIT Media Lab (COL, 1985)
Norbert Wiener, child prodigy and youngest Tufts graduate (BA, 1909)
Shashi Tharoor, former Under-Secretary General at the United Nations (MA, 1976; Ph.D, 1978)
Joseph Dunford, 19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Scott Brown, Diplomat and United States Senator for Massachusetts (B.A. 1981)
Daniel Patrick Moynihan, U.S. Senator from New York (BS, 1948; MA, 1949; PhD, 1961)
Arjun Narsingh KC, Nepali Politician and Former Health and Education Minister (Fellowship, 1982)
Tracy Chapman, Grammy Award-winning artist (BA, 1986)
Michelle Kwan, American figure skater and two time Olympic medalist (MA, 2011)
Meredith Vieira, American journalist, talk show and game show host (BA, 1975)
Gordon Wood, historian, Pulitzer Prize winning author (BA, 1955)
Peter Gallagher, American actor, musician, and writer (BA,1977)
William Hurt, Academy Award-winning actor (B.A. 1972)
Hank Azaria, American actor, voice actor, comedian, and producer (BA, 1985)
Oliver Platt, Stage and screen actor (BA, 1983)
Jessica Biel, Actress (Did not graduate)
Rainn Wilson, Actor (Did not graduate)

P. T. Barnum was one of the earliest benefactors of Tufts College, and the Barnum Museum of Natural History (Barnum Hall) was constructed in 1884 with funds donated by him to house his collection of animal specimens and the stuffed hide of Jumbo the elephant, who would become the university's mascot.

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He was appointed to the Board of Trustees to Tufts University prior to its founding, and he made several significant contributions to the fledgling institution, including a gift of $50,000 in 1883 to establish a museum (later known as Barnum Museum of Natural History) and hall for the Department of Natural History.

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Jumbo and his keeper Matthew Scott(Circus poster, c. 1882)


19th-century male African bush elephant born in Sudan.

19th-century male African bush elephant born in Sudan.

Jumbo and his keeper Matthew Scott(Circus poster, c. 1882)
Jumbo's Journey to the Docks, The Illustrated London News, 1 April 1882
Jumbo after being hit by a locomotive on September 15, 1885, in St. Thomas, Ontario
An 1889 photograph of Jumbo at Barnum Hall, the taxidermy work of Carl Akeley
Poster of Jumbo's skeleton
Surviving fragments of Jumbo from the conflagration
Jumbo statue in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada
Lucy the Elephant, a Jumbo-inspired building in New Jersey
Cover of Autobiography of Matthew Scott, Jumbo's Keeper; also Jumbo's Biography (1885)
Jumbo and Matthew Scott giving a ride to children in London Zoo
"Jumbo's pitiful refusal to leave London Zoo tugged at the nation's heartstrings"

Despite public protest, Jumbo was sold to P. T. Barnum, who took him to the United States for exhibition in March 1882.

Barnum eventually donated the stuffed Jumbo to Tufts University, where it was displayed at P.T. Barnum Hall there for many years.

Barnum Museum of Natural History

Barnum Hall today
Tufts Jumbo statue commemorating the site of the museum
Surviving fragments of Jumbo from the conflagration

The Barnum Museum of Natural History was a natural history museum on the grounds of Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.

The museum was established by P.T. Barnum and displayed valuable exotic dead animals from his circus.