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Merry-Go-Round Museum

301 Jackson St., Sandusky, OH
419 626 6111
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Ranked #2 of 19 Attractions in Sandusky
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, Amusement/ Theme Parks
Traveler Description: Your family will want to visit the Merry-Go-Round Museum, fun, informative, and you get to ride the old carousel! And it goes fast! They actually... more »
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Meaford, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The family and I had the privilege to visit this wonderful museum on our recent trip. We were given a personal tour by one of the museum's awesome volunteers. She told us about the history of the merry go rounds. She explained how they're built and painted by designers. She explained how the old merry go rounds are refurbished and... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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94 reviews 94 reviews
26 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Highlight of our visit to Sandusky was a trip to the Merry-Go-Round Museum where expert woodsmiths and painters painstakingly and lovingly restore some of these past relics to better than new condition. Did you know there are three distinctly different kinds of merry-go-round horses? With a working carousel in the center of the museum, anyone who appreciates the memories of... More

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New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Never thought a Merry-go-Round museum would be worth looking at but I was completely wrong. They have a huge history about them. More than you would ever think existed.

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Pittsburgh
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The Museum had some interesting and beautiful carved carousel animals. My main complaint is that the museum did not actually include much history about Merry-Go-Rounds. When did Merry-Go-Rounds start ? It told you the names of the artists that carved the animals but nothing else about the industry. It was a small museum and a little pricey for what was... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We went on Rainy day on a whim, we stayed for 2 hours and really learned a lot, spoke with passionate staff, and cannot wait to go back! A great history, engaging tourguide, and collection and a professional carver to answer questions.

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Loveland, Ohio
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55 reviews 55 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

90 minutes of a unique experience for the kids and us. Around 100 piece form over a century ago, a working merry-go-round with the Wurlitzer playing the tunes.. a great treat... the wood carving station adjacent to the exhibit is staffed throughout the week, and the gent we talked with was kind to the kids, very knowledgeable, friendly, and interesting.... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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129 reviews 129 reviews
46 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

What a wonderfully nostalgic place this is. We grandparents took our kids and grandkids here while visiting a waterpark resort in the area. Everyone -- young and old -- enjoyed it. The entry fee is nominal ($5 for seniors, $4 for children, $6 for adults) and for that fee one gets to visit the museum and also gets a ride... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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125 reviews 125 reviews
26 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014 via mobile

A real treat. Very charming. This is likely a one of a kind place. Every type of ride (horse, donkey, llama, ostrich, etc.) is represented. And upon close examination you find out every single ride has its own history. There is an English donkey oriented East to West, as the Brits drive on the left and their merry-go-rounds go clockwise.... More

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Albany, Indiana
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Found the museum online when looking for things to do in Sandusky. Very informative, several original carousel animals from bygone eras. Tour guide was excellent. The prize is a ride on working carousel. Excellent family entertainment, worth the minimal price of admission. The museum is funded from the visitors admission charge. Highly recommended. The museum is located at 301 Jackson... More

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Norwalk, Ohio
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Great historic museum in the old post office.Takes you back to the days when the merry go round was the main attraction at county fairs and amusement parks. Located downtown, close to some amazing restaurants.

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