When it first opened, the Peale Museum–one of the first museums of any kind in the U.S.–included fossils, taxidermied animals and the large skeleton of a mastodon. That American sense of spectacle only developed over time, leading to circuses, carnivals, freak shows and other public exhibitions in the 20th century. So it’s only fitting that the Peale, now known as the Peale Center, serve as the location of a seance to contact one of the greatest showmen ever, P.T. Barnum. From its opening tonight through April 20, local magician David London will try to reach through the great beyond to contact the founder of Barnum & Bailey Circus. London will tell stories about Barnum and share artifacts (some purportedly genuine, others admittedly replicas) and display one of Barnum’s first hoaxes, the FeeJee Mermaid.
Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m. through April 20, Peale Center, 225 Holliday St., (410) 396-1149, barnumseance.com, $20-$80.