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New England Carousel Museum

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Address: 95 Riverside Avenue, Bristol, CT 06010
Phone Number: 860-585-5411
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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Bristol, Connecticut
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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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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CT
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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CT
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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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61 reviews 61 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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50 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 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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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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24 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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