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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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Day out with the kids

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Jennifer O
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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.

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Bristol, Connecticut
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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 

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Elizabeth, New Jersey
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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.

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New Britain, Connecticut
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41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Riding on a Carousel brings back great memories! But visiting the Carousel Museum brings back some great history and even better stories, told by great staff! You must visit the Fire Museum inside and ring the old fire bells! Great family fun~

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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
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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