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New England Carousel Museum

Address: 95 Riverside Avenue, Bristol, CT 06010
Phone Number: 860-585-5411
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Ranked #3 of 13 Attractions in Bristol
Type: Museums
Owner description: This 33,000 sq. ft. restored hosiery factory is the home of the New England Carousel Museum nestled...
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Type: Museums
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.

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Hallandale Beach, Florida
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Friends and I visited on a weekday and the place was not crowded. The director showed us around. It was very interesting and fun!

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Manchester, Connecticut
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

If you like carousel horses you get more than ever. Huge old building houses at least a hundred items with history on each. The kids get to ride the carousel on site, there is a store, and area where they are working on new carousel animals. There is a big horse that kids can sit for photos.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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161 reviews 161 reviews
32 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Treat yourself and your family a friends to visit some lovely memorabilia from the "good ol' days." You can let your imagination and memories swirl in you head as you listen to the cheerful merry-go-round music. There are several events every year, dinner and dancing etc. So too, are programs for children and also party space for sleep overs and... More 

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Middletown, Connecticut
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123 reviews 123 reviews
51 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014 via mobile

Located in an old warehouse, interesting museum to visit if you feel like you've seen everything CT has to offer. If you appreciate the preservation of things historic and wood craftsmanship you will not be disappointed. It's amazing the work that went into constructing these carousels back in the 1900s and then the effort to recover and restore them to... More 

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Scotch Plains,NJ
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Ct hasn't really developed the type of tourism that it should. Here in the hills and valleys are vast artifacts of the Industrial Revolution that made America and are found nowhere else in the nation.. The worlds's greatest craftsmen of their day created the tools, equipment and products that changed the world. The simple carousel, one of these products and... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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104 attraction reviews
155 helpful votes 155 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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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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