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New England Carousel Museum

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Address: 95 Riverside Avenue, Bristol, CT 06010
Phone Number: +1 860-585-5411
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Description: This 33,000 sq. ft. restored hosiery factory is the home of the New...
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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Great place to rent for a party or dance!

Our dance association "NEWDA" holds a couple events there a year. Their Ballroom is a favorite destination for us and the staff is always very helpful. The wood floor is spacious... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Oxford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Our dance association "NEWDA" holds a couple events there a year. Their Ballroom is a favorite destination for us and the staff is always very helpful. The wood floor is spacious and with carousel horses (& other animals) all around the edges, it is a fun place to party & dance! The museum is filled with all kinds of interesting... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

The building sits on a hill on a street filled with industrial businesses. In the center of the building is the entrance to the Carousel Museum. To the right is the Museum of Fire History and to the left sits the Museum of Greek Culture. I found the instances odd as both were upstairs in the Carousel Museum and quite... More 

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Bristol, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Walking among the carousel horses bring you back to a simpler time. Fun place to bring children. They also have a Fire History Museum which is interesting. Their gift shop has expanded and is worth shopping at. Visit anytime or check out their special event - like teas or events for children. Don't miss this museum.

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Groton, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

A delightful and eclectic collection of horses as well as menagerie animals once used on carousels from around the world. Paperboards state definitions and histories of carousel pieces. Restorations are in various degrees on the premises; glass windows allow for viewing. Tours and lunch options are available with advance notice. Two floors of magic in a brick historical building that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Grew up in Bristol. Visited with my wife on a trip home. Interesting. Fine craftsmanship. Wish I visited when I was a kid.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

I ended up checking this museum out because I attended a Yelp party held here. It is interesting to see the various painted horses, and the indoor carousel is cute/fun to take a whirl on. But it's definitely a very odd museum. There's almost too much open space and it seems to be more of a holding place for random... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Went with a group. The tour guide had a LOT of info to educate us about the early carousel which was very interesting. Many enjoyed the carousel ride too!!!!

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Hallandale Beach, Florida
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 via mobile

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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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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Address: Address: 95 Riverside Avenue, Bristol, CT 06010
Phone Number: +1 860-585-5411
Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Bristol

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