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New England Carousel Museum

95 Riverside Avenue, Bristol, CT 06010
860-585-5411
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Ranked #3 of 10 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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2 reviews
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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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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8 reviews 8 reviews
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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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4 helpful votes 4 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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Northampton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We stumbled upon this museum while on a road trip. The museum is filled with amazing displays. The employees are very helpful. It was a magical experience seeing so many wonderfully crafted carousel horses in one place. I'm a collector of figurines, but boy, would I love a life size carousel horse to complete my collection! You can't go wrong... More

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New Haven
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

The New England Carousel Museum in Bristol, Connecticut is a very charming museum that features carousel horses dating back to the early 1900s. T. J. gave us a very nice tour and explained the history, features and construction of the horses. Admission, which is very reasonable, comes with a ride on their carousel.

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Hartford, CT
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

This little museum is very nicely done. It is located in an old factory building. The displays themselves are very nice. It was so cool to see European and early American carousels, and to learn the different styles of the Animals. The total visit took less than an hour. There is also a mini Firefighter History Museum, and a room... More

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Bristol, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

AWESOME. That's all that needs to be said!!! 5 stars! But apparently this field requires a minimum of 100 characters. Excellent parking! Staff is extremely educated regarding Carousel's. Some of the oldest carousel's in the world.

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Bristol, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This museum has a glimpse of the carousel culture close to home! We went for a wine tasting event and found ourselves returning to get a better look at the fine examples of carousel 'art' The hand carved pieces on display are really something to behold! A great flashback to a time gone by,,,

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

This is a nice museum on carousels. We all learner a lot. Who knew carousels could be so specialized, having their own branches of design and function? There are lots of specimens of carousel horses and other animals. There is a small indoor carousel that the kids were able to ride. I believe that is newly restored and in operation... More

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