American Social History Project • Center for Media and Learning

The Lost Museum: Exploring Antebellum American Life and Culture

The award-winning Lost Museum offers a three-dimensional re-creation of P. T. Barnum’s American Museum, the most visited cultural attraction in the nineteenth-century United States. Exploring the site’s virtual space, along with its extensive archive and teaching resources, reveals the era’s controversies over race, gender, reform, immigration, sectionalism, and popular culture. The Lost Museum was created by ASHP/CML and the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Old York Foundation.

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