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New England Carousel Museum

95 Riverside Avenue, Bristol, CT 06010
860-585-5411
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Ranked #3 of 13 Attractions in Bristol
Owner description: This 33,000 sq. ft. restored hosiery factory is the home of the New England Carousel Museum nestled in the heart of downtown Bristol, Connecticut,... more » Owner description: This 33,000 sq. ft. restored hosiery factory is the home of the New England Carousel Museum nestled in the heart of downtown Bristol, Connecticut, half way between NY City and Boston. This magnificent, unique Museum is worth the visit. In addition to antique, wooden carousel pieces the Museum has a new working carousel, a carousel restoration workshop,a Museum of Fire History, a Museum of Greek Culture, the Glo Sessions Fine Art Gallery, a changing art gallery, a children's craft center and a gift shop. The Museum is a great place to host a wedding, bar mitzvahs, receptions, performances, dances, meetings and much more with many options that accommodate everything from a bridal shower for 30 people to a sit down dinner for 230 people in our banquet hall. « less
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The museum is filled with carousel animals of all ages and stages of completion. It shows the steps that are used to create the animals and gives an interesting history. One thing I learned was that originally, the animals were not attached to the carousel, so animals and riders flew off on a regular basis. The tour guides are happy... More

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Atascadero, California
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217 reviews 217 reviews
77 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

The New England Carousel Museum in Bristol CT is a nice find. A small museum by many standards, a medium sized museum by other standard, however for me it is just right. It is focused on the carousel and the animals that are carved and put on those carousels. With a wonderful sampling of the carousel animals, a working carousel... More

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Cornwall, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The subject matter (carousel animals) is great, but it is the energetic and well informed staff that make this an exceptional attraction. We were a group of adults and our guide, Andrew, provided an informative introduction and then left us to roam around and read the fascinating descriptions/explanations of the carved carousel horses and animals on display. Later a small... More

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Massachusetts, USA
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I was on business today in Bristol, CT. What to do ? I saw a sign for the New England Carousel Museum in the morning, so tried it the afternoon. Wonderful! Cathy gave me a guided tour and showed me all the highlights - original wooden carousel horses, the different styles - country fair, Philadelphia and Coney Island (something like... More

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Glastonbury, Connecticut
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

My husband and I hosted a 60th birthday party at the New England Carousel Museum on May 18, 2014 for 72 guests. We could not have asked for a better venue or a better experience. The staff was courteous, friendly, helpful and generous with their time. The museum itself is unique and fun. So much better than hosting a party... More

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Connecticut
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

We just celebrated my father-in-laws 80th birthday on their facilities on the second floor... We catered the event (there is no kitchen), they have a bar that you can use however, we just used a table for the wine and beer. The space is ample and the ambiance is very interesting. We had a DJ, space for dancing, about 45... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

My grandson & I had a lovely guided tour which ended with a carousel ride. Great exhibits & lovely staff. Will go again.

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farmington, connecticut
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

wonderful for kids and interesting for adults. enthusiastic staff and good exhibits, working little carousel, calliope all add to the fun

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Bristol, Connecticut
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

First visit and not the last? The atmosphere and the staff were pristine! They made the event go smoothly and were very accommodating! Then there was the fire department museum with its walls along with the carousel horses, etc and an actual working carousel. Britstol definitely has a Gem downtown!

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bristol
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is a must see for anyone that enjoys history and amusement parks. This is a well done (informative) and enjoyable experience in a town known for ESPN. Best recommendation is to include both !

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