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“Beauty Taking Shape” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Historic Carousel and Museum

The Historic Carousel and Museum
503 First Avenue W., Albany, OR 97321
541-791-3340
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Ranked #1 of 16 Attractions in Albany
Type: Museums
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Owner description: Founded in 2004, the Historic Carousel and Museum is creating a world class carousel complex in downtown Albany that will draw visitors from around the world and contribute to the economic revitalization of historic downtown Albany. Our mission is to construct a fully functional carousel which will hold 52 hand-carved and painted animals. The carousel will provide wholesome family fun for all ages.
Albany, OR
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“Beauty Taking Shape”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We have been going to see the wood carvers working on animals for the carousel for ten years. All are volunteeers, and they are doing beautiful work. There is a room that contains the mechanism for the ride, and also a gift shop that contains some antique pieces, but the best are the big carvings that have been "suggested" by the donors. Most are already painted, and some have been lent out to different businesses and can be seen around town. We always take visitors to see the carousel, and they love it, too. Docents and workers are glad to talk about the carousel, too, as you walk through the giant workshop.

Visited December 2013
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“A gem in the making in downtown Albany”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This all-volunteer organization is hand-carving carousel animals and restoring an antique carousel mechanism, with the final product scheduled to be housed in a purpose-built building on the current site. The carvers are eager to tell the stories about "their" animal, and encourage questions. The painting is fascinating to watch, and the finished animals are truly works of art. If possible, you should visit often to see the progress! A top attraction for the area, and for kids young and old alike.

Visited April 2014
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Albany, Oregon
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“We live close and go often!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

So much fun for all ages! When friends and family come from out of town this is one place we go every time, and everyone has loved it. Cant wait for the carousel to be finished but will miss seeing the carvings and all the hard work!

Visited March 2014
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“wonderful experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

We loved learning about the history of the carousel and learning the methods of making and or restoring the animals

Visited December 2013
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Albany, Oregon
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“Once in a life time opportunity”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We always take our visiting family members to the Carousel Museum since it is the only place where you can see an actual operating, round, Carousel being built from the ground up. You can tour the carvers shop and watch the volunteers working on the animals and other parts of the soon to be completed Carousel.
The tour by one of the volunteers makes the visit that much more interesting as they can give all of the historical information as well as the stages of completed work of the Carousel from start to finish. Best to call ahead and schedule your tour.
This is a great opportunity for your children, grandchildren or a any group of people from 5 - 100 years old, there is something for everyone, and they also have a small gift shop where you can pick up items to commemorate your visit.

Visited December 2013
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