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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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Mattoon, Illinois
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285 reviews 285 reviews
5 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

One of the stops on our Circle Lake Erie trip was in Sandusky. Our destination was not the big amusement park but rather the Merry-Go-round museum. We spent about an hour and a half there and had a great time. First, a lady gave us some history and a few suggestions on how best to enjoy to museum. She also... More

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Meaford, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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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96 reviews 96 reviews
27 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

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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23 reviews 23 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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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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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
13 helpful votes 13 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
127 helpful votes 127 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
96 helpful votes 96 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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