Did you know there is such a thing as a carousel museum? We found one in Bristol CT and decided to check it out over the rainy Memorial Day weekend. Since I mentioned the museum to my daughter, she had been asking me to take her there.
The New England Carousel Museum
Admission to the carousel museum costs $6 for adults, $3.50 for kids under the age of 14 and $2 for kids between the age of 1 and 3. Admission includes a guided tour of the New England Carousel Museum and Museum of Fire History. The tour is every hour on the hour and was so worth it. Very knowledgeable and friendly staff gave us the tour. We learned the history of carousels, as well as art and science of how they are made. We also learned about various styles, types, and carving of carousel animals. You do appreciate the craftsmanship of carousels after a visit to this museum.
One ride on 1914 working carousel created by Solomon Stein and Harry Goldstein inside the building is free with admission. It is perfect for small children — and children at heart. There is a vintage Wurlitzer Band Organ attached to the carousel that plays music during each ride. My kids enjoyed the carousel, riding it again and again with their tickets and ours.
Museum of Fire History
On the second floor, there is a carousel restoration department, a small Museum of Fire History, a tiny exhibit of Greek antiquities, and a banquet hall. My son loved the Fire History Museum. He enjoyed ringing the fire alarms, trying various fireman’s helmets, and playing with firehouse equipment. We were lucky that the staff was very friendly and patient.
The carousel museum was a great way to spend a couple of hours on a cold rainy weekend. My kids had a lot of fun — the carousel museum was a big hit with my daughter and the fire history museum with my son. Think about checking it out if you are in Connecticut.
For more information: https://www.thecarouselmuseum.org