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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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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 museum for kids and adults alike.

We held my nephew's first birthday party here, and it was a lot of fun. There is a small carousel that is as much fun for the kids as for the adults. There is a ton of carousel... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Simsbury, Connecticut
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9 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Don't go here during the craft show it blocks the view of the horses. That said it was a bit dated of a building and the fire history is an odd combo. Overall didn't care for this visit.

Thank HappyCouple2867
Simsbury, Connecticut
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113 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We held my nephew's first birthday party here, and it was a lot of fun. There is a small carousel that is as much fun for the kids as for the adults. There is a ton of carousel and fire department memorabilia starting in the late 1800's. The museum is actually a non profit that preserves and restores wooden carousels... More 

Thank aavct90
Bristol, Connecticut
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the Carousel Museum with our granddaughter. The guide was wonderful and very knowledgable about the collection. There is a working carousel which our granddaughter enjoyed very much. They also have craft activities and special events for children.

Thank polo5270
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84 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

This is the third carousel museum I've visited (I like unique museums). i found the guide to be knowledgable and she did an excellent job presenting information and answering questions. The tour covers the building and restoration of carousel horses as well as a nice selection of carousel horses and animals dating from the late 1800s through the present day.... More 

Thank ChrissyHny
Bristol, Connecticut
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

The New England carousel Museum and the companion Fire Museum are two of the most magnificent collections you will ever see. While the ride to the site is not immediately off a highway, it is a very short drive. DO NOT MISS the beauty this attraction will hold for the child in all of us!

Thank ted k
Kensington, Connecticut
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71 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

This is a very unique and interesting museum. It's really a hidden gem! Great place to visit with the family too! Wonderful displays!

Thank ScarlettandRhett
Bristol, Connecticut
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102 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

This is a great, cheap place to take the kids. You can see a little bit of history and see the horses in various stages of renovation. This is also a great place to have an event. I attended a fund raiser here, but will be back with the kids.

1 Thank Jody18
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37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Loved looking at all the beautiful carousel horses. The kids did a craft and the staff was patient and friendly. Parking is a bit precarious but over all a great visit.

Thank Jennifer O
Bristol, Connecticut
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38 reviews
20 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

This is an interesting place with amazing antique horses and other animals used throughout history on merry-go-rounds. The building also houses the firefigjting museum, however if the locarion books a party or function, you may have to go through the function to get to dither carousel or other musum. There was a 7 yr olds Frozen B'Day party near the... More 

Thank Mike B
Elizabeth, New Jersey
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Enjoyed the venue and if you are looking for a grown up party or a childs party there is a room for you.

Thank Cindypstevens

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