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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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This 33,000 sq. ft. restored hosiery factory is the home of the New England...

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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We toured the Carousel Museum with our teenage children as we were looking for our wedding venue. They were all 4 happy that they came with us they loved it. It is on the smaller... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Somers, Connecticut
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Somers, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We toured the Carousel Museum with our teenage children as we were looking for our wedding venue. They were all 4 happy that they came with us they loved it. It is on the smaller side BUT if you are truly looking and reading about all of the horses and what they do to restore them you are looking at... More 

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South Windsor, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went to the New England Carousel Museum with friends as a fun outing because I have always loved carousels. We opted for the guided tour and were very pleased that we did. Tom was full of interesting facts about the history of how carousel horses have been carved and the craftsmen who carved them. He was bursting with information... More 

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Deep River, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The museum houses dozens of restored and preserved horses, animals and carriages. The guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the craftsmen and designs displayed giving detailed descriptions of the materials used, adornments, and origin. The museum additionally houses a fire museum included in the tour. Our guide was also well versed in the displays. Plan on at least 2 hours... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

This unique experience was free for a day and was a pleasant trip to see the craftsmanship behind the figurines, but there was only two rooms with figurines, with disappointing lighting. A fun and educating experience, but one can pass through quickly.

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Thank mal016
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

The kids enjoyed the museum very much and I especially liked the fireman's museum upstairs too!! What a hidden gem in Bristol! A must go to with school age young ones!!

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Thank Dawiczyksm
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

The New England Carousel Museum fulfills its purpose of preserving the art of the carousel. For a visitor the fruits of that mission are not vast. There is not much variety in what can be displayed, making you feel that you have seen all that you need to see in a half hour.

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Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

Unusual and entertaining place for a wedding - not fancy but very interesting. The working carousel adds a unique touch. There is no air conditioning, but staff helped us open windows before the event, and the rooms were comfortable during the wedding and reception.

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Thank Ramblers1986
New Milford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

My wife and I really enjoyed the tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and they had a wide variety of carved carousel displays. There are some very unique pieces on display. To be honest, I probably would not have enjoyed the museum as much if we had not had the guided tour...I can only read so much material before I... More 

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Thank John B
Plymouth, Connecticut, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

Growing up in Bristol, and having been a former representative for Bristol at the Miss CT Pageant, I have been to the New England Carousel Museum several times for events which were enjoyable. I recently had a birthday party here for my children and was less than pleased. Although it was fun for the kids with the working carousel inside,... More 

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Thank Bri A
Bristol, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

This is a great display of the craftsmanship, history and pure joy of the carousels of the past. It even has a carousel to ride during your visit.

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