We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

New England Carousel Museum

Closed today: Closed
Open today: Closed
Review Highlights
Fun and Entertaining

What a blast from the past. Fun and educational. Beautiful collection. We were able to ride a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Frank E
Epsom, New Hampshire
Historical, Educational as well as a Fun Museum

Our first visit here. This place is chuck full of wonderfully colorful and interesting carousel... read more

Reviewed June 17, 2019
Norwalk, Connecticut
Read all 106 reviews
All photos (96)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good24%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“second floor”(11 reviews)
“new england”(17 reviews)
“on display”(9 reviews)
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...more
Closed today
Hours Today: Closed
See all hours
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
95 Riverside Ave, Bristol, CT 06010-6390
+1 860-585-5411
Improve This Listing
Reviews (106)
Filter reviews
106 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Traveler rating
Show reviews that mention
All reviews second floor new england on display fire department two floors great display fun couple of hours beautiful pieces birthday parties guided tour face painting merry go round fun place to visit gift shop two hours take pictures for sale
Selected filters
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 106 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a blast from the past. Fun and educational. Beautiful collection. We were able to ride a carousel.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Frank E
Reviewed June 17, 2019

Our first visit here. This place is chuck full of wonderfully colorful and interesting carousel memorabilia. There are horses, pigs, roosters, giraffes and oh so much more to see! It is a great place for kids of "all ages"! There are also "QR" codes that...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank bchrzan
MorganU19, Manager at New England Carousel Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your comments and lovely recommendation. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon! Best Wishes, Morgan Urgo Executive Director

Reviewed May 5, 2019

This museum is absolutely fantastic. It's full of old carousel animals, some of which date back to the 1890s. We came in an hour before the museum closed, and one of the museum employees took us on a private, condensed tour of the place, and...More

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank dustythoughts
MorganU19, Manager at New England Carousel Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 7, 2019

Thank you for your wonderful review of your visit! Many of our donors have an interesting story behind their pieces and why they are donating them! Thank you for visiting us and we hope to see you all again!

Reviewed April 17, 2019 via mobile

We had an enjoyable visit. This was first visit. The museum had a large selection of carousel horses and other animals. We took the tour which was very good(included in admission price). Also included with admission is one ride on the carousel. Our granddaughter had...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank GloriaH119
Reviewed March 30, 2019

The New England Carousel Museum was beautiful, however I did not check for events and there was one going on at my time of visit. Many of the carved beauties were set back in rooms and against walls. Hard to see. I could not play...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank D2356ERterrim
Reviewed March 10, 2019

It has an impressive number of carousels. I did not realize there were so many different styles until I visited the museum. Worth going to visit for sure.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Zamtricia
Reviewed January 30, 2019

Fun place to visit but expensive for adults but the kids loved it. They charge extra for more than one ride on carousel.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank traveler10112015
Reviewed January 16, 2019

I brought my daughter to this even, it was free and the kids can do a free carousel ride, face painting, snacks and drinks, meet Santa, and of course see the museum. It was really nice, crowded, my daughter didn't do the carousel ride it...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Elisa M
Reviewed October 21, 2018

This was such a nice surprise! We received a tour from the asst. E.D. who was terrific! We learned so much about the history and work involved in the restoration of the carousels. The carving and painting of each horse/animal were incredibly impressive. This is...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank janicepk
Reviewed September 21, 2018

250 carousel enthusiasts descended on the Museum Sept. 14th 2018. Great display of all kinds of menagerie animals. They have a children's education room. resident artist studio and restoration workshop. There is a very large events room upstairs. They have a small carousel inside and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank carousel14
Morgan U, Assistant Director at New England Carousel Museum, responded to this reviewResponded September 22, 2018

Thank you so much for the review Janet. It was our pleasure to host the NCA Convention this year and I hope we see you again soon!

View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all nearby hotels
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bristol, Connecticut
855 reviews
1.84 miles away
AmeriVu Inn Suites Wolcott
22 reviews
3.83 miles away
Homewood Suites by Hilton Southington
629 reviews
4.18 miles away
Courtyard Southington
8 reviews
4.24 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 148 nearby restaurants
Parkside Cafe
97 reviews
.58 miles away
Firefly Hollow Brewing Company
44 reviews
.57 miles away
Monterrey Mexican Restaurant
50 reviews
.12 miles away
Sabaidee Thai Restaurant
21 reviews
.33 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 19 nearby attractions
American Clock & Watch Museum
95 reviews
.60 miles away
Imagine Nation
49 reviews
.33 miles away
Bristol Public Library
24 reviews
.23 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
August 13, 2016|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Bennett1024 |
thank you